The British princess Eugenie is proud of the scar at her neck and back. She had her wedding dress designed so that it remained visible. The 28-year-old underwent surgery for scoliosis, a back disorder, when she was twelve. At the time, she was filled with fear, she tells the British newspaper The Telegraph. Now she is proud.

“I think scars are like memories that tell a story on your body, they remind you how strong you must have been, and how you are still there to tell it,” says Eugenie.

After a heavy, eight-hour procedure, Eugenie was left with a big scar. Moreover, a long rehabilitation period awaited her. The princess found it most painful that she was different from other children. “There are so many thoughts that haunt your mind,” she says to the newspaper. “Can I play sports? Do I still look the same? Do I miss a lot of school and do I get lost?”

Partly thanks to her mother, Sarah Ferguson (59), Eugenie later saw that she could serve as an example for other scoliosis patients, she says. That is why she left the scar open during her wedding with Jack Brooksbank, on 12 October in the St. George Chapel in Windsor Castle.

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