Royal Wedding: The heartfelt reason why Princess Eugenie invited THESE special guests

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Royal Wedding: The heartfelt reason why Princess Eugenie invited THESE special guests

The heartwarming reason why Princess Eugenie invited certain charities to her wedding has been revealed as the Royal Family honour their very special guests at the second royal wedding of the year.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have invited representatives from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital to the royal wedding in a poignant nod to the bride’s childhood illness.

Eugenie was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 12 years old and was treated at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

Representatives from the hospital – the largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK that provides a range of neuro-musculoskeletal health care, ranging from spinal injuries to specialist rehabilitation – will enjoy the wedding day from the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have invited members of the public into the grounds of Windsor Castle to join in the celebrations on their wedding day.

“Princess Eugenie was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 12 years old and was treated at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

“Inspired by her treatment, Her Royal Highness is Patron of the hospital’s redevelopment appeal, and is giving her name to its new state-of-the-art treatment facility, Princess Eugenie House.

“Princess Eugenie is also Patron of the European School of Osteopathy, a world-renowned provider of undergraduate and postgraduate level osteopathic education.”

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s daughter battled the severe back condition as a child.

The 28-year-old underwent an eight-hour spinal operation to have right-inch titanium rods placed on each side of her spine.

The couple arrived at Windsor Castle ahead of their royal wedding Image REUTERS
The couple arrived at Windsor Castle ahead of their royal wedding Image REUTERS

Eugenie said: “In 2002, when I was 12 years old, I was diagnosed with scoliosis and told that I would need corrective surgery.

“This was, of course, a scary prospect for a 12-year-old. I can still vividly remember how nervous I felt in the days and weeks before the operation.

“After three days in intensive care, I spent a week on a ward and six days in a wheelchair, but I was walking again after that.

Andrew Sarah and Beatrice arrive at Windsor Castle Image REUTERS
Andrew Sarah and Beatrice arrive at Windsor Castle Image REUTERS

“Without the care I received at the RNOH I wouldn’t look the way I do now; my back would be hunched over. And I wouldn’t be able to talk about scoliosis the way I now do, and help other children who come to me with the same problem.”

Princess Eugenie has only recently opened up about the condition and earlier this year posted an image of a spinal x-ray on Instagram to raise awareness of the condition.

The bride smiled as she was driven to the royal venue by the groom Image REUTERS
The bride smiled as she was driven to the royal venue by the groom Image REUTERS

Representatives from Teenage Cancer Trust, Street Child, The Salvation Army, The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, Key to Freedom, Supporting Wounded Veterans, The Big Cat Sanctuary, Elephant Family, Project 0, Charity: water, The Print Room at The Coronet and Tate Young Patrons have also been invited.

The Buckingham Palace statement comes as the Dean of Windsor, David Conner, praised “perfect couple” Eugenie and Jack, 31.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK