Duchess Kate Honours Her Code-Breaking Grandmother In Forward To Puzzle Book

The Duchess of Cambridge is honouring her late grandmother, who cracked Nazi codes at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, in a forward she wrote for a new book of puzzles.

GCHQ, the U.K.’s Signals Intelligence and Cyber Security agency, announced plans to release its first-ever puzzle book, inspired by people like Duchess Kate’s grandmother who tipped the scales of the war by breaking German codes. Proceeds of the upcoming puzzle book with go to Heads Together, the mental-health awareness initiative launched by Kate along with husband Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry.

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In the forward, the Duchess opens up about her family’s personal connection to GCHQ.

“I have always been immensely proud of my grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, who worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War,” she writes in the forward. “She and her twin sister, Mary, served with thousands of other young women as part of the great Allied effort to break enemy codes. 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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The forward also allows her an opportunity to discuss the importance of Heads Together in raising awareness of mental health issues.

“William, Harry and I are very grateful that this book is supporting our Heads Together Campaign,” she writes. “I hope it will not only amuse and challenge readers, but help to promote an open discussion of mental health problems, which can affect anyone, regardless of age or background. Together, we are aiming to change the national conversation around mental health from stigma and fear to openness and understanding.”

The GCHQ Puzzle Book is slated to go on sale on Thursday, Oct. 20.




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