Pregnant Princess Eugenie is named royal patron of Scoliosis Association UK after showing off her scar from surgery to correct the condition and encouraging others to do the same
- Princess Eugenie has been named royal patron of Scoliosis Association UK
- She was born with scoliosis and aged 12 had surgery to correct her spine
- On her wedding day in 2018 she wore a dress which showed off her scar
By Sam Baker For Mailonline
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Princess Eugenie has been named as the new royal patron of the Scoliosis Association UK.
Eugenie, 30, who is pregnant with her first child, was born with scoliosis and has since been vocal about her experience, including showing off the scar from surgery to correct the condition on her wedding day.
She often shares pictures on her social media showing the scars and encourages others to do the same.
Princess Eugenie has been named as the new royal patron of the Scoliosis Association UK. Pictured, Eugenie at a royal engagement in March
Earlier this year on International Scoliosis Awareness Day the princess posted a picture of her scar onto her Instagram, encouraging other people with scars not to be ashamed of them
Princess Eugenie, who was born with scoliosis, was announced as the Royal Patron of Scoliosis Association UK last week
Scoliosis Association UK announced the news on social media and on their website last week.
In their tweet the association said: ‘We are pleased to announce that Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie has agreed to become the Royal Patron of the Scoliosis Association UK.’
Stephanie Clark, co-founder and chair of SAUK, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted and grateful that Princess Eugenie is to be our Royal Patron.
‘Her bravery and experience makes this a very personal decision, and will continue to offer encouragement to the many people of all ages who are struggling to come to terms with their scoliosis.’
Eugenie underwent surgery on her spine at the age of 12 so titanium could be added to repair the curvature which scoliosis had caused.
The scar was also brought to the forefront of public attention on Eugenie’s wedding day to husband Jack Brooksbank.
On her wedding day in 2018 to Jack Brooksbank Eugenie wore a dress which proudly displayed the scar on her back
The princess chose a stunning gown with a drop back that showed off her scar. Speaking at the time, Eugenie said it was important to highlight her journey with the condition.
The royal has stepped up her advocacy work in recent months.
She shared a post on International Scoliosis Awareness Day in June that read: ‘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. #internationalscoliosisawarenessday.’
The royal has highlighted stories shared by followers with the condition in the months since.
Eugenie is also the Royal Patron of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital where she had her childhood surgery.
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