Eu­ge­nie thanks sur­geon as she walks down aisle

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Richard Palmer

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

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