Britain’s Princess Eugenie made a glamorous entrance into St George’s Chapel in a custom gown by British designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, signifying her entrance into grown-up glamour.
Since her and sister Beatrice’s head-turning looks at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011, Eugenie’s personal style has been consistently scrutinised, but after years of experimentation, she has grasped that less certainly is more. The bride, showcasing her newly coloured auburn hair wrapped in a loose chignon bun, oozed confidence in her dramatic gown as she was happily posed for photographers, accompanied by her father Prince Andrew on the steps of St George’s Chapel.
The plunging back was strategically chosen to showcase her scoliosis scars as a motivation for younger people who have the condition.
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I’m patron of their [redevelopment]appeal and I had an operation when I was 12 on my back,” she said on ITV’s This Morning. “You’ll see on Friday,” she added, implying that the design of her wedding dress would reveal her scars.
“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.”
A certain level of modesty is required among royal brides and a conservative neckline with long sleeves is all but a must, not to mention the fact that her grandmother has to sign off final approval on the dress as monarch.
Eugenie opted to go without a veil for the service, instead donning a beautiful emerald studded Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara – which she borrowed from the Queen – that sat on her relaxed hairstyle.
The low neckline of the dress accentuated the bride’s elegant emerald drop earrings, which were given to her as a wedding gift from her groom Jack.
In spite of choosing the same venue as her cousin Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in May, with many of the same common elements including inviting more than 1,000 charity workers invited to watch from the grounds of Windsor Castle, there was a more low-key atmosphere.
American actress Liv Tyler and husband Dave Gardner were among the early arrivals, as was Australian singer Holly Candy with billionaire husband Nick and Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriends Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas, who have maintained strong friendships with Eugenie and her sister Beatrice, were also on the guestlist.