When she was dreaming up her dress, she made an important request to British designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos: to have a lower-cut back that featured her spinal surgery scar, reports BBC News. At 12 years old, she underwent a procedure to correct her scoliosis, and because the mark is commemorative of her life journey, she had no intention to cover it up on her big day. "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," she tells the UK’s This Morning. "I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars. I think it's really special to stand up for that."
"I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars. I think it's really special to stand up for that." —Princess Eugenie
With Princess Eugenie being so candid about obstacles she's overcome—and the scars they've left behind—hopefully others won't feel like they need to hide their past either. Because, sure, her emerald tiara and earrings were stunning bridal accessories—but nothing came close to being as statement-making as her battle wound.
In other royal news, you can get Meghan Markle's favorite sneakers for only $75. And while you're shopping for new kicks, you might as well pick up a pair of Kate Middleton's go-tos as well.
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