Dress re­veals her scar in a trib­ute to hospi­tal where she was treated

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS | ROYAL WEDDING - BY PA RE­PORTER

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.

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