Princess Eugenie visits the hospital where she had spine operation as a child

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Princess Eugenie will soon be splitting her time between England and Portugal as her husband lands new job. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Princess Eugenie will soon be splitting her time between England and Portugal as her husband lands new job. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Amid the excitement of the queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations, Princess Eugenie (32) quietly went about her royal duties visiting the London hospital where she was operated on for scoliosis as a child.

Prince Andrew’s youngest daughter looked elegant in a navy Palmer/Harding dress as she opened a new garden in the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, of which she is patron.

In an Instagram post she said the garden would offer patients “nature and the outdoors at a time they need it most”.

Eugenie was just 12 when she underwent corrective surgery at the hospital for scoliosis, curvature of the spine.

The operation, in which titanium rods were inserted along her spine to rebuild it, resulted in a prominent scar along her back which she exposed with pride in a backless gown at her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in 2018.  

(PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Eugenie proudly displayed her scar in an open-back dress on her wedding day. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

“I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that,” she said in an interview before her wedding.

In an article in The Spectator she paid tribute to her beloved “Grannie” who is celebrating 70 years on the throne this weekend.

Reflecting on her “own special little family” which saw her welcoming son August in February last year, she said, “I think of my grannie and what she has stood for, for so many people and for our family during these 70 years.

“I’d love Augie [her son] to have her patience, her calmness and her kindness, while always being able to laugh at himself and keep a twinkle in his eye.”

Meanwhile, the queen’s granddaughter is gearing up to split her time between London and Portugal after her husband landed a job with Discovery Land Company, a development corporation.

The family had previously been living at Frogmore Cottage, which they sublet from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but will now be setting up house in the CostaTerra Golf and Ocean Club in Melides, along Portugal’s Blue Coast, which Discovery Land Company is developing.

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