In the months leading up to Princess Eugenie's big day with Jack Brooksbank, royal fans were musing over what her beautiful wedding day ensemble would look like. Surprising her loyal followers by opting for a tiara that wasn't her mom's, she also shocked by choosing to forgo a traditional bridal detail: the veil. But there is a beautiful reason why she made this decision.
Standing at the altar beside the love of her life, it's hard not to notice the elegant cut of her bespoke Peter Pilotto dress, which beautifully shows off the 28-year-old's shoulders and upper back. Just noticeable, too, is the scar running along her spine from the life-changing surgery she received at 12 years old to treat her scoliosis, a curvature of the back.
Ahead of the wedding, Eugenie opened up to ITV's This Morning, saying it was important for her not to hide her scars: "I had an operation when I was 12 on my back, and you'll see on Friday, but it's a lovely way to honour the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this. I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it's really special to stand up for that."
Even behind closed doors, the princess's inspirational heart of gold shines just as bright. Royal photographer Arthur Edwards, who has been snapping the family for more than four decades, opened up to HELLO! about the special bond his granddaughter has with the bride-to-be and the kind-hearted gesture that Eugenie showed her when she needed it most. When Arthur’s granddaughter Katie had surgery for the same condition, he reached out to the only person he knew could help. “I asked if she’d talk to Katie about it and she did. We spent an hour at a hotel and she was magnificent with Katie, who was only 13 at the time and incredibly scared,” he explained.
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Today is International Scoliosis Awareness Day and I’m very proud to share my X Rays for the very first time. I also want to honour the incredible staff at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital who work tirelessly to save lives and make people better. They made me better and I am delighted to be their patron of the Redevelopment Appeal. To hear more of my story visit http://www.rnohcharity.org/the-appeal/princess-eugenie-s-story @the.rnoh.charity #TheRNOHCharity #RedevelopmentAppeal #RNOH #NHS
But the princess’s kindness didn’t end there. “When Katie went to the hospital and checked into her room, it was all full of balloons from Eugenie and it put her mind at ease. As they left and said goodbye to each other, Eugenie gave Katie her private number and said, ‘Anytime you want to know anything, you just ask me. You call me up and I’ll tell you if you don’t want your parents to be listening.’ For me, that was everything.” Arthur was doubly impressed that when he mentioned Eugenie’s kindness to her father, Prince Andrew, he knew nothing about it.