The European School of Osteopathy, (ESO) has announced that they have acquired a new Royal Patron: Her Royal Highness, Princess Eugenie of York.
Princess Eugenie has had a long-time interest in musculoskeletal healthcare. At 12 years of age, she had back surgery to correct a scoliosis condition. Since her own experience with osteopathic treatment and those of her family members, The Princess is keen to support charities whose mission it is to support those with similar disorders.
This is the eighth patronage that the Queen’s granddaughter has taken on. She is also Royal Patron of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, (RNOH).
She, along with her father, the Duke of York, have served as RNOF Patron since April 2012. When she became Patron, Eugenie said: “I am living proof that the hospital can and does transform lives. Without the care I received at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital I wouldn’t look the way I do now; my back would be hunched over.”
“I am particularly proud to lend my name to this project as I have seen how important family support is for children undergoing prolonged and often traumatic treatment for life-threatening conditions like bone cancer.”
ESO Principal Charles Bruford said: “This is a huge accolade for the School and recognition of the work we undertake. One of our charitable aims is to ensure osteopathic care is available and affordable for the whole community and each and every treatment provided at our Clinic is subsidised by the ESO; HRH’s support will enable us to help even more members of the local community.”
Because of her own previous health issues, Princess Eugenie hopes to still serve as a role model for young people suffering from scoliosis and other disorders. The Princess has raised thousands of dollars for the RNOH; she also completed a cycling challenge and opened the Princess Eugenie House.