This weekend the royal family gathered to pay tribute to the nation’s war heroes on Remembrance Sunday. Among those present was Kate Middleton, who had three relatives in particular that she thought of when she paid her respects at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. The Duchess was seen wearing The Codebreakers Brooch, as a way of honoring her grandmother Valerie Glassborow, Valerie’s twin sister Mary and her great-aunt, who all served as codebreakers at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.
You can have the brooch as well, as it is being sold on The Poppy Shop, going for £29.99 and is described as “an extraordinary tribute to the work of those in signal intelligence”.
The description reads: “Inspired by the rotors of the Enigma machines, from which Allied cryptologists successfully decrypted a vast number of enemy messages during the Second World War, the Codebreakers brooch is an extraordinary tribute to the work of those in signal intelligence.
“Each elegant brooch comes with a certificate to remember one of the 13,000 men and women on the Bletchley Park Roll of Honour and is presented in a keepsake box.”
Back in May this year, Kate made a visit to Bletchley Park where she met with young children taking on the role of codebreakers.
Duchess Kate had the chance to see a special D-Day exhibition to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Later, she joined a group of youngsters in their codebreaking workshop. The boys and girls present enacted what it was like in June 1944 to intercept and decipher German communications.
Kate opened up about her grandmother Valerie Glassborow, saying: “My granny and her sister worked here. It’s very cool. When she was alive sadly she could never talk about it. She was so sworn to secrecy that she never felt able to tell us.”
She also met with four women, who had worked at Bletchley at the same time as her relatives; Rena Stewart, who worked in Hut 3; Georgina Rose, a Teleprinter Operator and Morse Code Slip Reader in Block E; Elizabeth Diacon, a Teleprinter Room Supervisor, serving Hut 3, Hut 6 and Hut 8; and Audrey Mather, a Teleprinter Operator who was based in Block E.
“You were very important,” the Duchess told the women. “Your families must be very proud.”