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Duchess Kate candidly talks about her grandmother’s very special job during WWII


Duchess Kate has shared her pride in her grandmother Valerie Glassborow, who was a codebreaker during the Second World War and helped decipher enemy messages.

Thanks to Duchess Kate, now we know a little bit about her family history. 

It’s always fascinating learning about your family history whoever you are, but if you’re the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, we can imagine marrying into a Royal family comes with a pretty extensive family tree to get through.

Royal family aside, it turns out that Kate Middleton has quite the inspiring and interesting family herself (not that it’s a family-accomplishments competition or anything), revealing that her grandmother was a WWII codebreaker.

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Kate Middleton’s grandma worked in Bletchley Park, Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cipher School headquarters, where mathematician Alan Turing developed the Enigma machine, along with her twin sister in the ultimate code-cracking double act.

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This information comes from Duchess Kate’s foreward in the debut puzzle book from the U.K.’s Signals Intelligence and Cyber Security Agency, GCHQ. 

In it, Kate wrote: “I have always been immensely proud of my grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, who worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.

“They hardly ever talked about their wartime service, but we now know just how important the men and women of Bletchley Park were, as they tackled some of the hardest problems facing the country.”

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All proceeds from the book, which is on sale, will be donated to Heads Together. The campaign aims to tackle stigma, raise awareness and provide vital help for people with mental health challenges.

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