Princess Eugenie had been dreaming about her royal wedding for a long time!
The Queen’s granddaughter, 28, continued her streak of epic Throwback Thursday posts on Instagram with a side-by-side shot of her as a kid and then at her October nuptials to Jack Brooksbank. In the snap of her as a little girl, she appears to have predicted her bridal look – Eugenie wears a white dress, floral headband and carries a bouquet of flowers as she grins for the camera. To the left, her smile shows as she walks into St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for her walk down the aisle.
“Same same but different,” she captioned the post, adding the hashtag #tbt.
Of course, there are a few key changes. Although her bouquets look nearly identical, her flower headband was replaced for her wedding with the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, borrowed from Queen Elizabeth for the special occasion. In addition, her younger self wore a veil – something Eugenie decided to forgo for her big day to show off a scar on her back stemming from a childhood scoliosis surgery. The royal chose a bridal gown with a low-cut back for the same reason.
Eugenie herself spoke about the decision to display her scar on one of the biggest days of her life for an exhibit at Windsor Castle displaying the outfits from her royal wedding.
“I had always wanted a low back – part of it was showing my scar and I believe scars tell a story about your past and your future, and it’s a way of getting rid of a taboo,” she said. “For me, it’s a way of communicating with people who are going through either similar situations with scoliosis or having a scar of their own that they are trying to deal with.”
She continued, “We started getting a lot of letters from people who were happy that I had stood up and showed my scar, and people with scoliosis, letters from girls that are going through the same thing and I definitely was very touched by everyone’s support.”
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Eugenie’s stunning gown, which featured a fitted bodice and full pleated skirt, was designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, who founded the British-based label Peter Pilotto, in London in 2007. The brand is known for its innovative textile design, paired with a modern, feminine silhouette – yet this was a brand new task for them.
“It was actually the first wedding dress we ever did so it says a lot about how forward-thinking Princess Eugenie is to trust us with this very important task,” Pilotto says in the audio guide.