The couple got married on 12 October at St. George’s Chapel in the UK, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) also held their wedding ceremony at earlier this year.
Stepping out of the car with her dad Prince Andrew, Eugenie looked radiant in the white Peter Piloto and Christopher de Vos ensemble.
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Accessorised with a gorgeous tiara, which comes from the Queen’s personal collection – the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara – it was another accessory that the Princess was proud to wear. Her scoliosis scar down the centre of her back:
Back in January this year, the newlywed shared a post for International Scoliosis Awareness Day that showed the ninth in line to the throne in a different light.
Princess Eugenie, who has suffered with scoliosis since the age of 12, shared two of her own X-ray pictures to raise awareness for the condition, and thank the hospital that treated her.
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On her Instagram, Princess Eugenie wrote, “I’m very proud to share my X Rays for the very first time. I also want to honour the incredible staff at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital who work tirelessly to save lives and make people better. They made me better and I am delighted to be their patron of the Redevelopment Appeal.”
Princess Eugenie was diagnosed with scoliosis (curvature of the spine) at just 12 years old and was told that she needed corrective surgery.
She then described how her eight-hour operation involved doctors inserting eight-inch titanium rods into each side of her spine and one-and-a-half inch screws at the top of her 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.”
Fast forward to the present day, and Princess Eugenie is now patron of the hospital’s Redevelopment Appeal, and the new state-of-the-art facility, Princess Eugenie House, has been named after her.
“Without the care I received at the RNOH I wouldn’t look the way I do now; my back would be hunched over. And I wouldn’t be able to talk about scoliosis the way I now do, and help other children who come to me with the same problem. My back problems were a huge part of my life, as they would be for any 12-year-old. Children can look at me now and know that the operation works. I’m living proof of the ways in which the hospital can change people’s lives.”
Though this isn’t the first time that Princess Eugenie has spoken out about scoliosis. Speaking at youth charity event, WE Day, in March, the royal praised her big sister Princess Beatrice for her support.
“It could have impacted my life and stopped me from doing the things I love, you encouraged me not to get disheartened, not to give up, to live fearlessly. Today I am so lucky to get to work with and support other young women who are going through the same thing, to encourage them, to not let their diagnosis win, to live fearlessly too.
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Text: The Australian Women’s Weekly / Additional reporting: Elizabeth Liew