The Duchess of Cambridge Retraces her Grandmother’s Footsteps at Bletchley Park

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Earlier today, Kate paid a visit to Bletchley Park where she retraced her grandmother’s footsteps at the renowned World War II code-breaking facility.

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Bletchley Park was the central site of the Government Code and Cypher School. During WWII it regularly penetrated secret communications by Germany and their allies. The work done at the site is credited with shortening the war by at least two years.

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The Duchess’ grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, worked as a civilian staff member with her twin sister Mary managing the interception of enemy signals for decryption in Hut 16 (now renamed Hut 6).

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Today’s engagement marked the completion of a year-long, £8 million restoration project, which has returned the Bletchley Park buildings to their Second World War appearance and created new visitor facilities. The site fell into near-dereliction after the war.

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The Duchess was shown around Hut 6, where she met with veterans and sat down to chat with Lady Marion Body who was a duty officer during WWII and who also worked with her grandmother.

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She took in an interactive cyber security exhibition and was shown inside other buildings with authentic set dressings, sounds and projected images.

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Before leaving, Kate was invited to plant a tree to commemorate the visit and the completed restoration.

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The Duchess of Cambridge recycled a military-inspired outfit by Alexander McQueen (Pre-Fall 2011 collection). The separates consisted of a cream, silk-georgette blouse (£795) tucked into a navy-blue, button-embellished wool-crepe skirt (£580).

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The ensemble was previously worn in 2011, on a visit to Summerfield Community Centre in Birmingham.

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She teamed the number with a pair of matching bespoke navy, suede heels by Alexander McQueen, her matching navy Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ clutch from Russell and Bromley, and her gorgeous sapphire and diamond drop earrings.

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