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Princess Eugenie Made Sure Her Wedding Dress Showed Her Scoliosis Surgery Scar

“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.”

Last updated on October 12, 2018, at 12:24 p.m. ET

Posted on October 12, 2018, at 11:51 a.m. ET

Princess Eugenie of York married Jack Brooksbank Friday in a beautiful ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.

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The bride wore a stunning off-the-shoulder gown designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.

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The two designers are the founders of the label Peter Pilotto, a relatively unknown British-based brand known for “innovative textile design, paired with a modern feminine silhouette.”

However, unlike 2018’s other princess bride, Meghan Markle, aka the Duchess of Sussex, Eugenie chose not to wear a veil — for a very important reason.

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Princess Eugenie wanted to make sure that a scar on her back from scoliosis surgery was visible on her wedding day.

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She even worked with her dress designers to make sure that her scar wasn’t covered, per a Buckingham Palace statement.

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“The low back feature on the dress was at the specific request of Princess Eugenie, who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis.”

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Eugenie is the patron of the the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Redevelopment Appeal and has spoken about being treated there for scoliosis as a child.

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“In 2002, when I was 12 years old, I was diagnosed with scoliosis (curvature of the spine), and told that I would need corrective surgery,” she said in a 2012 interview.

“During my operation, which took eight hours, my surgeons inserted eight-inch titanium rods into each side of my spine and one-and-a-half-inch screws at the top of my neck. After three days in intensive care, I spent a week on a ward and six days in a wheelchair, but I was walking again after that.”

Without the surgery, Eugenie said, “I wouldn’t look the way I do now; my back would be hunched over.”

In an interview earlier this week, Princess Eugenie talked about the importance of showing her scar on her wedding day.

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“It’s a lovely way to honor the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this,” she said.

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“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.”

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