On Oct. 12, Princess Eugenie stunned everyone when she walked down the aisle in a stunning gown created by British designer Peter Pilotto. While the full skirt, the beautiful embroideries, the incredibly long train, and the lack of veil might have been the first things that you noticed, there is one detail that is sure to go down in history: her back.
When working with her chosen designer, Princess Eugenie specifically requested an open back in order to display the scars she was left with after going through corrective surgery at the age of 12. The bride explained in a pre-wedding interview that she “had an operation on my back when I was 12 and you’ll see on Friday, but it’s a lovely way of honoring the people who looked after me. It’s a way of standing up for young people who also go through this.”
On top of having a special meaning to Eugenie, this choice also meant that she became the very first British royal to wear a backless gown on her wedding day. Over the years, royal brides have stuck to traditional dresses featuring a lot of lace and very little skin, including Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, who both wore long-sleeved gowns.
Read on to get a closer look at Eugenie’s wedding dress details, and then take a closer look at the beautiful tiara she wore on her big day.