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Kate Middleton reveals why she’s really proud of her lookalike granny

Evoke.ie logoEvoke.ie 17/10/2016 Claire Murrihy

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Kate Middleton has spoken of her immense pride in her grandmother who helped crack enemy codes during World War II.

In a foreword for a book of puzzles that goes on release this week by the UK’s national intelligence and security agency GCHQ, the Duchess of Cambridge opens up about her grandmother, Valerie Glassborow and the wonderful work she did. 

Kate stresses the importance of ‘mental wellbeing’ and opens up about her personal connection to some of the country’s top codebreakers and cryptographers through her grandmother, who worked at Bletchley Park – the now famous code-breaking site. 

‘I have always been immensely proud of my grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, who worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War,’ she wrote.

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‘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.’

Pic:REX/Shutterstock © Provided by Associated News Pic:REX/Shutterstock Vanity Fair reports that Glassborow married Kate’s grandfather, Peter Middleton, in 1946 and died in 2006, aged 82.

Using her grandmother’s legacy to further her own efforts in campaigning for greater mental health, Kate is making sure that her grandmother’s work continues to have a positive impact. 

‘William, Harry and I are very grateful that this book is supporting our Heads Together campaign.

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‘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,’ she continued. 

‘Together, we are aiming to change the national conversation around mental health from stigma and fear to openness and understanding.

‘Those who buy this book and support the Heads Together campaign will be playing a part in helping people get the important mental health care they deserve.’


The book, published by Penguin Random House, goes on sale Oct. 20 with proceeds going toward the Heads Together campaign, which is led by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. 


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