Princess Eugenie refused to wear a veil at her wedding to send hidden message

When it comes to royal weddings, each member of the Firm has a certain way that they want things done.

And when Princess Eugenie tied the knot in late 2018, she proved an exception as she became the first royal bride not to wear a veil in decades.

And the message behind the missing veil was just as powerful as the wedding itself, with the Princess refusing to hide a scar that runs down her back from when she had surgery to correct scoliosis as a child.

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Eugenie underwent the serious surgery at the age of just 12 so that titanium could be added to repair the curvature of her spine caused by the illness, the Mirror reports.

This isn't the only time the Princess has spoken out about her struggle with the disease, which affects between three and four in every 1000 children in the UK.

She said: "Without the care I received at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital 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.

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"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."

And despite her impressive recovery, she remains vocal about the disease, becoming the royal patron of Scoliosis Association UK in 2021.

The couple also got some of The Queen's great-grandchildren involved in the wedding, including Savannah and Isla Phillips, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

And with no veil to cover it up, Eugenie's dress was the talk of the town, designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos with a low-cut back so that her scar wouldn't be hidden.

The couple spared no expenses at the wedding, as is tradition for the royals, with their nuptials coming to an eye-watering estimated £2 million – paid for privately by the bride's parents.

Eugenie and Jack have now expanded their family, becoming first-time parents in early 2021 when they welcomed baby August Philip Hawke Brooksbank.


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