Royal wedding: The emotional way Princess Eugenie’s wedding differed to sister Beatrice’s
31st July 2020

The eldest daughter of Sarah, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice is the latest member of the York family to marry. In 2018 Beatrice’s sister Princess Eugenie also married, in a lavish ceremony at St George’s Chapel Windsor. But for her royal wedding, Princess Eugenie decided to break the royal mould to reflect a cause very close to her heart.

Princess Beatrice recently married in a quiet ceremony during the UK lockdown.

Beatrice wed her beau Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a small service in the grounds of Windsor, witnessed by her parents Sarah, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, as well as the Queen and Prince Philip.

Although royal weddings are often very traditional, every royal bride does something a little bit differently when it comes to their big days.

For Princess Beatrice, her wedding was very unusual as the date which it went ahead on was unannounced to the public.

And unlike other royal weddings, Beatrice opted not to televise her nuptials to the rest of the world, making her wedding a much more intimate occasion.

Beatrice’s sister, Princess Eugenie, decided to put her own stamp on her wedding with her choice of wedding dress.

Princess Eugenie has been vocal about her experiences with scoliosis, a condition which causes the spine to bend to one side.

Ahead of her wedding, Princess Eugenie expressed the importance of showing “people your scars”.

Eugenie told ITV’s This Morning about her surgery to treat scoliosis, and how she would be honouring the hardship she faced with her wedding dress.

She said: “I had an operation when I was 12 on my back, and you’ll see on Friday [at the wedding], but it’s a lovely way to honour the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this.

“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.”

Eugenie requested her dress, which was designed by Peter Pilotto, did not hide the scars she had incurred from surgery to help repair her condition.

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A statement from the Palace said: “The low back feature on the dress was at the specific request of Princess Eugenie who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis.”

But as well as making sure her dress didn’t hide her scars, Eugenie also broke the royal mould with other aspects of her royal wedding attire.

Unlike her sister Princess Beatrice and her mother Sarah, Duchess of York, Eugenie opted not to wear a veil on her wedding day so as not to hide her scars.

Royal brides often use aspects of their wedding attire to reflect subtle messages.

For example Sarah Ferguson’s dress, designed by Lindka Cierach, upon her marriage to Prince Andrew featured symbols in the beadwork, such as anchors and waves to reflect Andrew’s sailing career.

While Eugenie opted to forego royal traditions when it came to wearing a veil on her big day, other aspects of her wedding were very traditional indeed.

Eugenie did wear a tiara from the Queen’s personal collection, as the Queen often lends royal women a tiara for their big day.

Eugenie decided on the dazzling Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara, known to be one of the most valuable tiaras in the Queen’s collection.

Eugenie’s choice of royal wedding venue, St George’s Chapel Windsor, is also an incredibly popular spot for royal couples looking to tie the knot.

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