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Claudia Joseph's book is pretty good for background information on Kate's family. It's not Daily Mail like at all. It covered the backgrounds of the families of all 4 grandparents. Kate's grandmother would have had to keep her Bletchly Park work a secret for 30 yrs after the war per the law as I learned from watching The Bletchly Circle so she probably didn't talk much about it and isn't something you could find thru public records or old newspapers.

Kate probably had to tell her staff and the staff told Bletchly to find more information out. Interesting fact about Kate's grandma's twin sister- she married Peter Middleton's brother.
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Claudia Joseph's book is pretty good for background information on Kate's family. It's not Daily Mail like at all. It covered the backgrounds of the families of all 4 grandparents. Kate's grandmother would have had to keep her Bletchly Park work a secret for 30 yrs after the war per the law as I learned from watching The Bletchly Circle so she probably didn't talk much about it and isn't something you could find thru public records or old newspapers.

Kate probably had to tell her staff and the staff told Bletchly to find more information out. Interesting fact about Kate's grandma's twin sister- she married Peter Middleton's brother.
Where did you read that?
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Page 108 of Claudia Joseph's book Kate Kate Middleton: Princess in Waiting.
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interesting. Does she have this picture? Wedding of Valerie and Peter with twin sister Mary as bridesmaid and brother Christopher as bestman.

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No, the book only has 1 page of old photos most are William and Kate. Mary didn't marry Christopher but another brother Anthony after Peter and Valerie's wedding. It wasn't a double wedding.
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Raalised it wasnt a double wedding but its a nice picture. ITs strange how sometimes likenesses seem go across each side of the family. There is a look of Carole in Mary Glassborow.

I apparently look like both my mother's sister and my father's sister!
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The Duchess of Cambridge tried her hand at being a codebreaker at the famous Bletchley Park - where her grandmother worked. Kate put on a pair of headphones and tried to intercept and decode radio messages sent from the enemy as she toured the Park. The Duchess arrived at the site near Milton Keynes to learn about how an £8 million Heritage Lottery Fund restoration project has returned the buildings to their Second World War appearance and created new visitor facilities-
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Valerie Middleton, the paternal grandmother of The Duchess of Cambridge, who worked @bletchleypark during #WWIIpic.twitter.com/mBVY1BDW2s
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All of the information about her grandmother is so interesting. It's a shame that the media decided to ignore this part of Kate's family tree.
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All of the information about her grandmother is so interesting. It's a shame that the media decided to ignore this part of Kate's family tree.
I think they would have been eager to tell this story, but they didn't have it. The identities of those who worked there were protected for many years, and a good many of those people probably died without telling their families. Catherine certainly looks like her grandmother.
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No I get that the didn't have info about where her grandmother worked, but they barely even touched on Michael's side of the family. I mean, I didn't know his mom was a twin and her sister married another Middleton brother. The media completely ignored his side of the family, in favor of the scandal and gossip - Uncle Gary, Carole's mom and some distant cousin.
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The media was pretty much interested in the juicy side of Catherine's family.
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There has been little nuggets about the Middletons-Peter's RAF service, flying with Prince Philip on a royal tour in the sixties, Kate ran into a cousin and Cambridge University when W&K were visiting in 2012.
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The Duchess of Cambridge has heard stories about her grandmother's wartime role at the famous Bletchley Park - home of the code-breakers. Lady Marion Body, friend of Kate's grandmother Valerie Glassborow, described how as young women they worked together directing the efforts of listening stations. She confessed that their job was "tedious" but said they were young women who still managed to have fun-
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^^^ Nice to see that Kate has an engagement that has a personal connection for her. How wonderful for her to be visiting this place where her grandmother assisted in this vitally important work. I have no doubt her grandparents would be very proud that their granddaughter is the wife of the Queen's grandson and mother of a future king.
I agree. I admit that I know little about the history of the place, but it is wonderful now that the site and its history can be revealed to the public.
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I loved this engagement. Interesting history and a personal interest. Just perfect.

2 pictures summed it up for me.

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/...2_2946519d.jpg

Just so excited at trying out the decoding - we'd all be the same.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/multim...3-_718604c.jpg

Talking to the colleague that remembers her grandmother.

I wonder how Mike has felt today seeing these pictures
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I watch the terrific Bletchley Circle series on PBS and news of the role Kate's grandmother played as codebreaker is such fascinating news. This has got to be such a meaningful event for Kate and she should be very proud of how instrumental her granny was in the war effort. I'd be thrilled to the bits to visit Bletchley Park and have a go on a codebreaker machine myself.
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When did her grandmother die? How nice she could talk to one of her grandmothers friends
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She died in 2006. Her husband Peter in 2010. W&K delayed their engagement announcement by a couple of days for his funeral which William went to.
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