Eugenie thanks surgeon as she walks down aisle
PRINCESS Eugenie wore a wedding dress that displayed the scar on her back as a tribute to the hospital that treated her for a childhood curvature of the spine.
The bride requested a low back on the dress designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos to express her support for staff at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital who treated her for scoliosis.
Jan Lehovsky was the consultant surgeon who fitted two 1.5in screws into Eugenie’s back during the eight-hour operation to straighten her spine when she was 12.
He was among the guests invited to St George’s Chapel and when the bride walked down the aisle after the ceremony, she appeared to say “thank you” to him.
Her dress featured a specially requested neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back that drapes into a flowing full-length train.
The Princess, a patron of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Appeal, has spoken of the importance of showing “people your scars”.
In an interview on ITV’s This Morning screened yesterday, she told host Eamonn Holmes: “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. I think it’s special to stand up for that.”
Among the wedding guests was nine-year-old Sadie McNamee, from Manchester, who also suffers from scoliosis.
Sadie’s police officer father Andrew, 42, said: “That is exactly the dress my daughter wanted to see today.”
Eugenie with Jan Lehovsky, who corrected her spine, right