Princess Eugenie visits the team behind the London Spinal Cord Centre's brilliant garden

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Princess Eugenie has continued her work as patron of Horatio's Garden on a visit to the charity's outdoor space at the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre in Stanmore

Eugenie, who underwent corrective surgery for curvature of the spine when she was 12, met with staff and patients at the centre along with the team at the charity, which creates and cares for accessible gardens in NHS spinal centres.

She shared photos from the visit on Instagram and revealed that she cast her thumbprint for a piece of artwork that will feature in the charity's show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May.

"Such a pleasure to go back to visit @horatiosgarden at Stanmore last week and catch up with the incredible team and patients," she wrote in the caption. "The charity builds gardens in hospital spinal centres around the UK and provide a much needed space for patients to enjoy nature in an accessible way. I also cast my thumbprint in support of #horatiosgardenchelsea a piece of artwork that will feature in the Garden."

In footage shared by Horatio's Garden, Eugenie can be seen touring the spinal centre's garden and visiting a creative painting workshop. She also viewed the grapevine she planted when she officially opened the garden in May 2022.

Eugenie is also patron of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital charity. In a statement shared on the charity's website, she paid tribute to the hospital and the care she received as a child.

"Without the care I received at the RNOH I wouldn't look the way I do now; my back would be hunched over," she said. "And I wouldn't be able to talk about scoliosis the way I now do, and help other children who come to me with the same problem. My back problems were a huge part of my life, as they would be for any 12-year-old. Children can look at me now and know that the operation works. I’m living proof of the ways in which the hospital can change people’s lives."

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