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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. 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.

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. 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.

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Harry joins vets to recall terrible toll of Monte Cassino

Veterans of the Battle of Monte Cassino gathered alongside Prince Harry today to mark 70 years since one of the costliest battles of the Second World War.

While Harry praised their courage, one veteran of the Italian assaults told ITV News: "I never thought I would come out of it alive".

ITV News Royal Editor Tim Ewart reports:

Prince Harry: 'Forgotten' tag makes no sense at all

Prince Harry has told ITV News it "makes no sense at all" that the Battle of Monte Cassino is referred to by some as the "forgotten campaign" - insisting the veterans of one of the Second World War's bloodiest battles deserve "as much recognition" as anyone else that served in the conflict.

Speaking to Royal Editor Tim Ewart at the site of the assaults, Harry praised the heroism of those who fought for months on end "knowing that they were going to lose most of their friends and probably themselves as well".

'I thought we were forgotten,' says 90-year-old veteran

Prince Harry at today's memorial service on the battle's 70th anniversary. Credit: BR/Dana Press Photos/Press Association Images

A 90-year-old veteran has spoken of how he faced the horrors of Monte Cassino aged just 18.

Ivor Gaskill, who served with the Royal Hampshire Regiment as a private, said: "I remember trying to get up the hill - we were up to our waists in mud and water, soaking wet, hungry and full of lice.

"We were being shelled and shot at constantly but it was just a case of keep going. What else was there to do? You couldn't run away.

The veteran who returns each year to the site where so many of his friends died - welcomed Prince Harry's visit, saying: "I thought we were forgotten.

"It's great to see him here. It's marvellous of him to do it."

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