Duchess meets grandmother's colleague at Bletchley Park

The Duchess of Cambridge has visited Bletchley Park today where she met a code-breaker who worked with her grandmother. Valerie Glassborow, Kate's grandmother, worked at the famous 'spy school' during World War Two.

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Duchess meets Lady who worked with grandmother

The Duchess of Cambridge has met a code-breaker who worked alongside her grandmother at Bletchley Park during World War Two.

Kate shook hands with Lady Marion Body and talked about her grandmother Valerie Glassborow, who worked as a civilian member of staff, probably as a duty officer.

Kate meets Lady Marion Body who worked at Bletchley park with Kate's grandmother. Credit: ITV News

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Duchess tries out being a 'spy' at Bletchley Park

The Duchess of Cambridge was sent signals similar to those sent out by the enemy and interpreted at 'spy school' Bletchley Park during the Second World War.

The Duchess of Cambridge tries her hand at being a spy at Bletchley Park.
The Duchess of Cambridge tries her hand at being a spy at Bletchley Park. Credit: ITV News

Her grandmother Valerie Glassborow worked at the famous site as a civilian member of staff, probably a duty officer, with her twin sister Mary.

The Duchess is sent a signal and attempts to decode radio messages sent from the enemy as she tours the Park.
The Duchess is sent a signal and attempts to decode radio messages sent from the enemy as she tours the Park. Credit: ITV News

Kate's visit marked a year-long restoration project at the Buckinghamshire site.

Duchess' grandmother worked alongside codebreakers

The Duchess of Cambridge's grandmother worked as a civilian member of staff at Bletchley Park, where code-breakers were credited with shortening the Second World War by at least two years.

Documents from October 1944 show she worked, alongside her twin sister Mary, probably as a duty officer.

The Duchess of Cambridge's grandparents, Peter Middleton and Valerie Glassborow, on their wedding day in 1946.
The Duchess of Cambridge's grandparents, Peter Middleton and Valerie Glassborow, on their wedding day in 1946. Credit: SWNS

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Miss Glassborow married Second World War Mosquito pilot Peter Middleton in 1946 and went on to give birth to Michael, Kate's father.

Kate's paternal family tree can be traced back to Henry VIII through Elizabeth Knollys, who was not only the great-niece of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, but also almost certainly the illegitimate granddaughter of Henry himself.

Duchess tries to interpret codes at Bletchley Park

The Duchess of Cambridge donned a pair of headphones and tried to interpret codes during her visit to Bletchley Park where her grandmother worked.

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Bletchley Park where she was due to meet her grandmother's codebreaker colleague.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Bletchley Park where she was due to meet her grandmother's codebreaker colleague. Credit: ITV

Valerie Glassborow worked as a civilian member of staff, probably as a duty officer, alongside her twin sister Mary.

Wearing an Alexander McQueen outfit, Kate greeted staff on a visit to mark a year-long restoration project at the Buckinghamshire site.

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Duchess to meet grandmother's codebreaker colleague

The Duchess of Cambridge is due to visit Bletchley Park where she will meet with a code-breaker who worked with her grandmother during the Second World War.

The Duchess of Cambridge is due to visit Bletchley Park where her grandmother worked as a duty officer.
The Duchess of Cambridge is due to visit Bletchley Park where her grandmother worked as a duty officer. Credit: Reuters

Code-breaker veteran Lady Marion Body recalls working alongside the Duchess' paternal grandmother Valerie Glassborow at the famous 'spy school', where codebreakers were credited with shortening the war by at least two years.

Miss Glassborow, as she was known before marrying Kate's grandfather Peter Middleton, worked as a civilian member of staff, probably as a duty officer, alongside her twin sister Mary.

Kate's solo visit will mark a year-long restoration project at the Buckinghamshire site.