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Princess Kate Pens Foreword to Cipher Book

Monday, October 17, 2016

This weekend, the Heads Together campaign announced that the Duchess of Cambridge has written the foreword to a puzzle book. Although Kate doesn't often refer to family in, in this foreword Kate tapped into her own family history.

Kensington Palace
The princess warmly remembered her grandmother Valerie Glassborrow and her work at Bletchley Park, noting how stressful it can be to carry on such a sensitive job that requires such discretion.




Kate's grandmother already made the spotlight when the duchess visited Bletchley Park in 2014. 

Kate's grandmother via Kensington Palace 

On that visit, Kate toured the newly restored huts where intelligence workers during World War II worked to decipher enemy codes. 


Led by Alan Turing, the British team at Bletchley ultimately cracked the German Engigma code. Netflix currently has The Imitation Game on instant watch, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and tells the heartbreaking story of Turing and the remarkable work he and his team achieved. According to the movie, breaking the enigma shortened the war by as much as two years years, saving an estimated 14 million lives. It is well worth a watch. 




This book looks like a lot of fun, perfect for a Christmas stocking stuffer!


We see Kate and William tomorrow as they attend a reception at BP! 

19 comments:

  1. Kate looks a lot like her grandmother. I certainly see a resemblance. She was a Middleton (Michael's mother), correct?

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    1. She married a Middleton. Her family name was Glassborow. She did not have Middleton genes.If you think Kate resembles her, Kate does not look like a Middleton or Mike.Same for Charlotte.

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    2. PS-...unless Mike looks like his mother-still not Middleton looks. Have you seen those pictures of the Middleton ancestors?
      Catherine had a fine heritage from both sides of her Father's family. Carole must have strong roots as well.

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  2. Love your blog. One copyediting adjustment: forward should be foreword :)

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    1. I see it's corrected in title, but not yet in first paragraph -

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  3. Nice.I would like to buy that book,as I enjoy puzzles.

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  4. Catherine does look like her Grandmother and so does Charlotte.
    I pre-ordered the book on Saturday

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    1. It looks like fun and it's for Heads Together.Is it available in the US? Please let us know your thoughts on it after arrives, Jean.

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    2. anon 1, people in the US can order books from Amazon.co.uk. You just have to pay overseas shipping and a Prime membership doesn't count for free shipping.

      https://www.amazon.co.uk/GCHQ-Puzzle-Book/dp/0718185544/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1476807862&sr=1-1&keywords=the+gchq+puzzle+book

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  5. I also will try and get the book when it is available. Love puzzles and what a great cause.

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  6. If I may contribute a bit to the historical background: Enigma code was broken by 3 Polish mathematician working for Polish Cipher Bureau in 1932. But as the Nazis always updated and developed the Enigma machines, it was more and more difficult for Poland to keep up alone so in1938 they involved the British and French military intelligence and shared their researches, as these countries had more resources to continue the work (and very soon Poland unfortunately was attacked and occupied, so just in time) So saying that AT broke the code is historically not correct - neither The Imitation Game which isotherwise a remarkable and very catching movie.

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    1. Well-explained, Arabesque ~ thank you!

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  7. I hope I will be able to get that book. I love doing puzzles. And this outfit is one of my favorites of Kate!

    PS: on a different story, I remember many of the readers complemented the dress of the museum director from Kate's visit to Netherlands. Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor is wearing the same dress here and I love it more! It seems like it is a Roksanda Ilincic.

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    1. This is one of best dresses ever from RI. I've been dying for Kate to wear it but too many high profile people have done so already.

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  8. forgot to include the link in the previous post
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BLtFN5Wg7Yu/?taken-by=sonamkapoor&hl=en

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  9. Thanks for the Imitation Game movie suggestion, I watched it over the weekend and loved it. I plan to watch it again, as I seem to have trouble comprehending British accents when they talk too fast. Fascinating to know Catherine's Grandmother worked at Bletchley.

    Also, whenever I see handwritten documents and signatures like William and Catherine's, I wonder whether good "penmanship" is taught in England, as is in the U.S. In my grammar school days, they were quite strict about it, myself and my 4 sisters all have beautiful handwriting, and my mother too. I recall reading (or trying to read) some letters Diana had written, and I couldn't make out most of the words...

    Belle

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    1. The British handwriting style is quite different from the American. In America the very formal handwriting was called Spencerian Script. This is what my mother learned and, even though she is 88 years old, her handwriting is still better than mine. Then came the D'Nealian Script which is what my generation going forward learned. Now, in America, cursive writing is dying completely. Most schools don't teach it at all and Common Core will put the final nail in the coffin. I find it very sad. Not only is it a lost form of art but it makes a child's brain think differently and they have to expand. I don't know what the style is called in Britain but I can always tell British and European handwriting from American.

      There is another thing to consider in seeing the signature of any public figure. I only found this out a few years ago when a friend of mine had a best selling book - she was told never to sign anything the public sees with her regular signature to avoid anybody being able to forge it for nefarious purposes. So her author signature and the signature on file with her banks or any other official documents look nothing alike. I imagine the royals take this into account as they sign all kinds of guest books and such.

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    2. I would have never thought of that Robin but ou are so right about needing a public and private/real signature! Thanks for sharing that :)

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