Princess Eugenie cut an elegant figure as she opened a new garden at the London hospital where she had an operation for scoliosis as a child.

The Queen’s granddaughter, 32, opted for a recycled navy Palmer//Harding dress when visiting the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, of which she is patron.

Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, opened the charity garden and said it is offering ‘patients nature and the outdoors at a time they need it most’ in a post on Instagram

The occasion no doubt held a special significance for Eugenie as she underwent surgery there to correct scoliosis – curvature of the spine – when she was just 12 years old.

Princess Eugenie (left) cut an elegant figure as she opened a new garden at the London hospital where she had an operation for scoliosis as a child

The Queen's granddaughter (pictured centre left), 32, opted for a recycled navy Palmer//Harding dress when visiting the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, of which she is patron

The Queen’s granddaughter (pictured centre left), 32, opted for a recycled navy Palmer//Harding dress when visiting the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, of which she is patron

Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, opened the charity garden and said it is offering 'patients nature and the outdoors at a time they need it most' in a post on Instagram

Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, opened the charity garden and said it is offering ‘patients nature and the outdoors at a time they need it most’ in a post on Instagram

Detailing the event, the mother-of-one said in her social media post: ‘What a joy it was to officially open the new @horatiosgarden at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. 

‘This is their 5th garden in the UK connected to a spinal unit offering patients nature and the outdoors at a time they need it most. 

‘I’m a proud patron of this charity and it was a particularly special visit as it’s the hospital I underwent spinal surgery as a child.

‘It was an honour to meet all the volunteers, doctors, nurses, patients and gardeners who really bring this garden alive.

‘The final three pictures are of the lovely Jubilee Tree that was planted for The Queen’s Green Canopy, a wonderful celebration of the incredible jubilee milestone.’

The occasion no doubt held a special significance for Eugenie as she underwent surgery there to correct scoliosis - curvature of the spine - when she was just 12 years old

The occasion no doubt held a special significance for Eugenie as she underwent surgery there to correct scoliosis – curvature of the spine – when she was just 12 years old

Detailing the event, the mother-of-one said in her social media post: 'What a joy it was to officially open the new @horatiosgarden at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.'

The princess during her outing

Detailing the event, the mother-of-one said in her social media post: ‘What a joy it was to officially open the new @horatiosgarden at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.’

For her outing, Eugenie opted for a navy dress featuring a round neck and elbow-length sleeves finished with turned-up flared cuffs

For her outing, Eugenie opted for a navy dress featuring a round neck and elbow-length sleeves finished with turned-up flared cuffs

'The final three pictures are of the lovely Jubilee Tree that was planted for The Queen's Green Canopy, a wonderful celebration of the incredible jubilee milestone,' said the princess

‘The final three pictures are of the lovely Jubilee Tree that was planted for The Queen’s Green Canopy, a wonderful celebration of the incredible jubilee milestone,’ said the princess

For her outing, Eugenie opted for a navy dress featuring a round neck and elbow-length sleeves finished with turned-up flared cuffs. 

She previously donned the frock at one of the Queen’s garden parties in May 2018, and again in October 2018. 

WHAT IS SCOLIOSIS?

Scoliosis is the sideways curvature of the spine, which can cause uneven shoulders and lead to clothes that fit poorly. 

The condition is thought to affect up to three per cent of people in the US and UK and usually arises during a growth spurt just before puberty. 

Treatment is not always necessary for mild scoliosis cases. However, a brace can help stop the curve worsening as patients grow older. 

If the scoliosis is progressing rapidly in a young child, rods may be inserted that straighten the spine and adjust in length as the patient grows.

Surgery may be required for severe cases, which can reduce the amount of space in the chest and make it difficult for the lungs to function. 

The most common procedure is called a spinal fusion, which is a major surgery that helps to correct the curve, the NHS says. It can last up to seven hours.

It involves connecting two or more bones in the vertebrae so they cannot move independently. Metal rods or screws keep the backbone straight. 

Scoliosis can be caused by cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, birth defects, injuries or infections. However, its cause is often unknown.  

Eugenie was diagnosed with scoliosis and underwent corrective surgery aged just 12, with a pair of eight-inch titanium rods inserted alongside her spine to rebuild it as a result of a curvature.

The operation resulted in a prominent scar, which Eugenie wore with pride, opting for a backless gown for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in October 2018.

In an interview before the wedding, the princess said: ‘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.’

The visit follows an article published in The Spectator today, in which Eugenie payed tribute to her beloved ‘Grannie’ to mark her 70-year reign. 

She said she hoped her one-year-old son August would grow to have the Queen’s ‘patience, her calmness and her kindness while always being able to laugh at himself and keep a twinkle in his eye’.

She described the nation’s longest-reigning monarch as having transcended time and been ‘a constant rock for so many’.

Reflecting on her ‘own special little family’ with the arrival of August, who was born in February last year, Eugenie said: ‘I think of my grannie and what she has stood for, for so many people and for our family during these 70 years.

‘I’d love Augie to have her patience, her calmness and her kindness, while always being able to laugh at himself and keep a twinkle in his eye.’

Eugenie and her sister Beatrice will not appear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace tomorrow at Trooping The Colour after the Queen was forced to shave the numbers to ‘those members of the royal family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of the Queen’.

However, expectations have been made for her great-grandchildren Louis, Charlotte and George and Princess Anne’s husband. 

It’s likely Eugenie will, however, join the family at the service of thanksgiving for the Queen at St Paul’s on Friday, alongside the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who are flying in from California with their two children. 

And she will be spotted again on Sunday attending one of the Big Jubilee Lunches with her sister Princess Beatrice.





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