Princess Eugenie has shared a photo of the huge scar she was left to after an operation when she was a child, urging people to “be proud” of their own.
The Queen’s grandaughter was diagnosed with scoliosis – curvature of the spine – when she was 11.
She underwent major surgery which took eight hours, when surgeons placed eight-inch titanium rods into her spine and screws at the top of her neck.
She spent three days in intensive care and a further week in hospital.
She was in a wheelchair for a time afterwards, but was quickly back walking again thanks to the incredible medical team at London’s Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, who she regularly praises.
She shared a snap of her scar – which is about the size of a piece of string and runs all the way down her spine – to mark International Scoliosis Awareness Day.
The caption read: “Today is International Scoliosis Awareness Day.
“I just wanted to share my scar and encourage anyone out there who’s gone through something similar to share theirs with me.
“Let’s be proud of our scars! I’d love to repost any of your images on my stories so please tag me and I will share.”
Eugenie has always spoken proudly of her scar, and picked her gorgeous wedding dress because it showed it off.
Speaking about learning to love her scar shortly after the wedding, she told the Telegraph : “I believe scars are like memories that tell a story on your body, that remind you how strong you had to be, and that you survived to talk about it.
“Your scars are a way of communicating, and sharing a trauma can be healing in so many ways.
“It can release that stigma you might have given to yourself and by talking about it you can show people how they can heal, too.”
Fans loved her honest photo and took to the comment section to praise her for sharing it.
One wrote: “You are seriously the coolest princess.”
Another added: “Not only the coolest, but also the most courageous! Princess Eugenie, so proud of the lovely young woman you’ve become! You rock!”