Monday 21 October 2019

Britain’s Princess Eugenie tells how she deliberately set out to make her scar the centrepiece of her wedding dress

Britain's Princess Eugenie arrives accompanied by her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York, at St George's Chapel for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain's Princess Eugenie arrives accompanied by her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York, at St George's Chapel for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Princess Eugenie of York arrives to be wed to Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Andrew Matthews - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Princess Eugenie and her new husband Jack Brooksbank kiss as they leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle following their wedding
Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) arrives accompanied by her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York, (L) for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images
Showstopper: Eugenie wowed guests with her Peter Pilotto wedding gown. Photo: Getty
Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) arrives for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle following their wedding, Britain October 12, 2018. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS
Princess Eugenie and her new husband Jack Brooksbank kiss outside St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle following their wedding (Victoria Jones/PA)
Princess Eugenie is driven towards St George's Chapel with her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York, for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Princess Eugenie rides in a car with her father, the Duke of York, on her way to marry Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Princess Eugenie makes her way to their car as she leaves Windsor Castle after their wedding for an evening reception at Royal Lodge on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Princess Eugenie opted for Zac Posen for her second wedding dress
Princess Eugenie walks down the aisle with her father, the Duke of York, for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) reacts as she looks towards Jack Brooksbank during their wedding at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP)JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images
Big budget: Princess Eugenie and her new husband Jack Brooksbank outside St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle following their wedding
Princess Eugenie arrives for the charity film Premiere of Sharkwater Extinction, at the Curzon Cinema in Soho central London.
The Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge after the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex take their seats ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (2L), Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react during the wedding ceremony of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge after the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Britain’s Princess Eugenie has revealed how her wedding dress was specifically designed to reveal her scar from a scoliosis operation she underwent as a child.

The 28-year-old, who is the Queen’s grand daughter, said she told her dress designers that she wanted to show her back and scar – and it became the centrepoint of the dress.

“After one or two initial meetings where I said I wanted to show my back and scar, we had a fitting and in their first attempt at the shape and design of the dress, they got me and the vision in one,” she told The Telegraph newspaper.

“From there, we realised that the back of the dress was the centre point and a veil would take away from the scar and the beautiful design they had created.”

She added: “I believe scars are like memories that tell a story on your body, that remind you how strong you had to be, and that you survived to talk about it."

Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in October, and walked down the aisle of St George’s Chapel in her bespoke Christopher de Vos and Peter Pilotto gown, with its folded neckline and full skirt.

The back of the dress fell in the shape of a deep-V to show off, rather than hide, a scar which runs neatly down the length of her spine. 

Eugenie was diagnosed with scoliosis aged 11 and underwent an eight-hour surgery a year later during which her back was rebuilt with titanium.

Online Editors

Editors Choice

Also in this section