If you thought all the Royal Wedding excitement was done for the year, rejoice! Princess Eugenie of York married Jack Brooksbank today. Like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s, the ceremony took place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The bride wore a stunning Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos gown, with a silhouette that had a special meaning for the princess.
Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress features a v-shaped back, which exposed her scar from a childhood scoliosis operation. Ahead of the ceremony, she explained to ITV that she specifically requested a silhouette that showed it off. “I’m patron of [the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Appeal] and I had an operation when I was 12 on my back,” she said. “It’s 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.”
The gown featured a folded neckline and back detail, as well as a full train. WWD reports that the jacquard fabric is also embedded with symbols for Princess Eugenie: Pilotto and De Vos included a thistle to represent Scotland, a shamrock to represent Ireland, a York Rose to represent England, and ivy to represent her home at Kensington Palace with Brooksbank, Ivy Cottage.
Though many brand names were floated ahead of the ceremony (from Erdem to Vivienne Westwood), Princess Eugenie made it clear in an interview with British Vogue that she wasn’t going to spoil the reveal ahead of her wedding date. “I’m not telling anyone who is making it, but I can say it is a British-based designer,” she said.
It’s pretty customary for a British royal wedding to feature a dress made by a British designer: Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton, Markle in Givenchy by Clare Waight Keller, Princess Diana in David and Elizabeth Emanuel, Sarah Ferguson in Lindka Cierach… Princess Eugenie did concede to British Vogue, however, that her wedding gown was an pretty easy choice: “[The dress] is the one thing that I was really decisive about. As soon as we announced the wedding, I knew the designer, and the look, straight away. I never thought I’d be the one who knew exactly what I like, but I’ve been pretty on top of it.”
Another royal tradition honored by Princess Eugenie on her wedding day: She topped off her with a sparkly headpiece. She chose to borrow Queen Elizabeth II’s Greville emerald Kokoshnik tiara. According to the Telegraph, it’s made from platinum and features a 93.70-carat center emerald surrounded by six smaller stones, and dates back to 1919.
Brooksbank proposed to Princess Eugenie with an engagement ring featuring a rare padparadscha sapphire surrounded by small diamonds, similar to the one her father, Prince Andrew, gave her mother. “Why I loved it so much is it changes color from every different angle that you look at it, which is what I think of Eugenie—she changes color, and it’s just so amazing,” he told the BBC.