Princess Eugenie praised by royal fan after ‘unzipping dress’ during Palace tea party

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A young dancer has opened up about meeting Princess Eugenie, and why she will “never forget that day”. The then 15-year-old Poppy Gerrard from Liverpool was invited to meet the Queen’s granddaughter after using her time on Britain’s Got Talent as part of the dance group, Mersey Girls, to raise awareness of scoliosis. The spine curvature condition was something that the royal was born with, and played an important role in her 2018 wedding to now-husband, Jack Brooksbank.

Ms Gerrard told the Daily Mail: “After the Golden buzzer but before the finals, someone got in touch by email on behalf of the Royal Family.

“We had some correspondence with them via letter and that was really cool because it was all on Palace letter-headed paper.

“The Palace was just stunning and after we chatted to her she kept in touch and she invited us to her Royal Wedding.

“It was just a dream come true because there’s a little girl you dream of tea parties palaces and princesses.”

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The now 18-year-old dancer continued: “She was so inspiring and down to earth and friendly. It was just nice to see that the royals are just normal people and they are that genuine, kind and real.

“I will never forget that day. It was just like we were talking to a friend.

“She told us about her scoliosis journey and what she had been through with her operations.

“At one point she unzipped her dress and showed us her scar. It gave me goosebumps that a princess was so proud of her imperfections and that she was prepared to share something like that with us.”

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Eugenie had undergone surgery on her spine when she was 12-years-old, and the repair left a scar down her back.

Her wedding dress was designed to show this off, as Vanity Fair Royal Editor Katie Nicholl explained.

She told Channel 5: “There was a lot of speculation in the press about who’d been chosen to design Eugenie’s wedding dress.”

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The commentator added: “Peter Pilotto was an unexpected choice, but the dress was beautiful.

“It was very different to anything we’d seen a royal bride wear in that the back was deliberately low-cut.

“Eugenie later explained that she’d deliberately chosen that style to show off the scar.”

In an Instagram post on International Scoliosis Awareness Day, the princess had written: “I just wanted to share my scar and encourage anyone out there who’s gone through something similar to share theirs with me.

“Let’s be proud of our scars! I’d love to re-post any of your images on my stories so please tag me and I will share.”

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