Princess Eugenie’s touching reason for ditching long-standing wedding tradition


When Princess Eugenie married her husband Jack Brooksbank, she wore a beautiful wedding gown teamed it with a tiara from her grandmother the Queen – but one traditional wedding garment was missing from her outfit

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Princess Eugenie chose wedding dress to highlight scar on back

The highlight of any royal wedding is catching the first glimpse of the royal bride in her wedding gown.

And Princess Eugenie certainly didn’t disappoint with her choice of dress on her big day over three years ago, when she got married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor with guests including the Queen.

On tying the knot with husband Jack Brooksbank, she chose a stunning V-neck gown designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos – teaming it with a beautiful emerald tiara on loan from the Queen.

But despite keeping up with the tradition of wearing a white dress and a gorgeous tiara – there was one thing missing from her outfit – a veil.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on their wedding day in 2018
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Other royal brides such as the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle wore dramatic veils on their wedding days, but Eugenie had a very good reason for ditching the tradition.

When she was 12 years old, she underwent surgery on her back for scoliosis – a curvature of the spine – that left a scar.

But ahead of her wedding, she revealed in an interview with ITV’s This Morning that it was really important to her not to hide her scoliosis surgery scars – so she went for a dress with a deep back and no veil.

Eugenie had surgery on her spine when she was 12
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Eugenie want to show off her scars on her back on her wedding day
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She told This Morning host Eamonn Holmes: “I had an operation when I was 12 on my back, and you’ll see on Friday, but it’s a lovely way to honor the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this.

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“I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that.

“So that’s one really important one.”

Next week, Eugenie will be marking a very special day with husband Jack – the first birthday of their son August.

The pair welcomed August Philip Brooksbank – whose middle name pays tribute to his late great grandfather Prince Philip on February 9 last year.

In a documentary last year, Eugenie revealed August got to meet Philip shortly before his death in April.

Holding back the tears, Eugenie explained: “We named August, August Philip because grandpa has been such a huge, inspiring character in my life.

“I brought little August to come and meet him and told him that we had named him after him and it was such a lovely moment.

“We were very lucky to do that.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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