Dress reveals her scar in a tribute to hospital where she was treated
PRINCESS Eugenie requested a low back on her wedding dress to show the scar from a childhood scoliosis operation as a tribute to the hospital where she was treated.
The dress, designed by British-based Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, featured a neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back that drapes into a flowing full length train, Buckingham Palace said.
The low-back feature was specifically requested by Eugenie, who had surgery as a child to correct scoliosis, a spokesman added.
The princess has spoken of the importance of showing “people your scars” and is a patron of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Appeal.
Eugenie was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was
12 years old and received treatment at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), undergoing a successful operation to straighten her spine.
The Queen’s granddaughter invited representatives from the RNOH NHS Trust to attend her wedding to Jack Brooksbank on Friday.
Eugenie’s sparkling tiara was the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, lent to her by the Queen. The tiara was made by Boucheron for Mrs Greville in 1919 in the fashionable “kokoshnik” style popularised in the Russian Imperial Court.
The tiara is made of brilliant and rosecut diamonds pave-set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side.
It was bequeathed by Mrs Greville to Queen Elizabeth in 1942.
Eugenie’s diamond and emerald drop ear-rings were a wedding gift from her groom Jack Brooksbank.
On the dress are symbols of personal significance to Eugenie, including a thistle for Scotland acknowledging the couple’s fondness for Balmoral, a shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the bride’s Ferguson family, and the York Rose and ivy representing the couple’s home.
Pilotto and De Vos reinterpreted these symbols in a garland of rope-like motifs, woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend. Eugenie’s hair was styled by Sonny-Jo MacFarlane of Hari’s, with make-up by Hannah Martin of Bobbi Brown.