Princess Eugenie and her longtime love, Jack Brooksbank, probably didn't give a second thought to the fact that their beautiful and intimate nuptials, reported by Today on October 12, didn’t draw the same global millions as a viewing audience that her cousin, Prince Harry had, in May, when he and Meghan Markle exchanged vows. That ceremony was perhaps the most unique and personal in Royals history, and every bride cherishes her wedding day as forever golden in her memory. Princess Eugenie made her own very strong statements without saying a word on her wedding day, and let a beautiful scar speak a message of strength and gratitude to the world.

A blustery beginning

Not even royal weddings can appease the weather, and some 60 mph gales definitely gave some difficulty to the guests arriving, once more, at St. George's Chapel. Fascinators needed fasteners to stay fixed in place, and several of the stylish headpieces were seen literally blowing away and being dutifully chased by willing beaus.

The young party of attendants consisted of eight family members, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who could not stand straight on the high steps of the church through the mighty wind gusts. Prince Charles was there to lend a hand, but he was without Camilla on this occasion. Princess Eugenie had the firm hand of her father, Charles’ brother, Prince Andrew, to guide her up the steps.

Different from the delicate lace which created Princess Meghan’s extended train, Princess Eugenie opted for the exquisite brocade fabric of her Peter Pilotto gown to become part of the dramatic train. The fabric was custom-created for Princess Eugenie’s big day, and features designs of roses, shamrocks, and thistles entwined into the gown.

Discuss this news on Eunomia

The real statement

The most powerful personal statement of Princess Eugenie’s gown was expressed by the dramatic, plunging revelation of her back, deliberately showing the scars of her scoliosis surgery at age 12. The 28-year-old bride has been very open about her surgery and the issues with scoliosis, a curvature of the spine.

She reflected on the power that “you can change the way beauty is” by being willing to show scars of any physical struggle and offer hope and inspiration to others. She is a patron to charities that aid people with scoliosis, including the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Appeal.

According to the most recent statistics, reported by InnerBody, scoliosis affects 3 in every 100 people in the United States. It can start at any age but is most common from ages 10 to 15, and girls are eight times more likely to develop the condition than boys.

In the case of Princess Eugenie, two eight-inch titanium rods were inserted near her spine, held in place with 1 1/2 inch screws. She has famously shared her own x-rays in support of Scoliosis Awareness Day and donates a great amount of time to parents and families affected by orthopedic difficulties.

In a recent interview with Britain's “This Morning,” the bride explained how her purposeful dress design was “a lovely way to honor the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this.”

On this day when the bride and groom look to a bright, new future, the radiant princess brought hope and strength to millions by her eloquent example of true beauty.

Princess Eugenie’s mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, donned a lovely green ensemble by the Windsor label, Emma Louise Design, and dashed out to hug and greet a few of her welcoming public before going into St. George's. Green was also the color of the sashes for the children in the bridal party and glowed in the emerald and diamond studded Greville Emerald Kokostnik Tiara, more commonly known as the Boucheron Tiara.

The crowning jewels were loaned by Eugenie’s grandmother, the Queen, who seemed utterly untouched by the winds in her pale blue ensemble. Eugenie's older sister, Beatrice, was maid of honor.

The princess’ deep green eyes were complemented by the entire ensemble, which was admired by all the family guests and Celebrities like James Blunt, Demi Moore, Liv Tyler, and Naomi Campbell. The most beautiful accessory for any bride is her smile, and that expression spoke nothing but joy for Princess Eugenie and her adoring groom.