Kate Middleton has written about her code-breaking grandmother in the foreword to a new book, The GCHQ Puzzle Book, the proceeds of which will be donated to Heads Together.
GCHQ, the UK’s Signals Intelligence and Cyber Security agency, has written its first ever puzzle book, The GCHQ Puzzle Book, which features over 140 pages of codes, puzzles, and challenges created by GCHQs expert code breakers in their spare time. Ranging in complexity from easy to mind-bending, the challenges include ciphers and substitution codes, tests of numeracy and literacy, as well as picture and music challenges.
All GCHQ proceeds from the book will be donated to Heads Together to tackle stigma, raise awareness, and provide vital help for people with mental health challenges.
The GCHQ Puzzle Book is published by Penguin Random House and available on Thursday, October 20.
Because of her connection with Heads Together and Bletchley Park, Kate has written the foreword to the puzzle book. Kate’s paternal grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, was reportedly a duty officer at Britain’s Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park during World War II.
In her foreword, Kate wrote about her grandmother:
“I have always been immensely proud of my grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, who worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. 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.
“In a new century, their successors at GCHQ continue this intellectual tradition. Like their Bletchley predecessors, they have become well known for valuing and understanding the importance of mental wellbeing. This is so important when dealing with such discretion and the pressure which comes with this.
“William, Harry and I are very grateful that this book is supporting our Heads Together Campaign. I hope it will not only amuse and challenge readers, but help promote an open discussion of mental health problems, which can affect anyone, regardless of age or background. 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.”
Kate visited Bletchley Park in June 2014. At the time, she said of her grandmother: “I was aware of it [her work at Bletchley Park] when I was a young girl and I often asked granny about it but she was very quiet and never said anything.”
I have to say, Kate (Rebecca?) outdid herself with this foreword. This is the best written message Kate’s ever produced.
PS. This is a two post day; be sure to read my post on Kate’s visit to Manchester.