Duchess of Cambridge honours World War Two code-breaker gran with special £29.99 poppy brooch – The Sun

THE Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to her code-breaker gran yesterday with her poppy brooch.

Kate, 37, wore the £29.99 brooch at the Cenotaph in memory of her dad’s mum, Valerie Glassborow.


Valerie worked at Bletchley Park where the Nazis’ Enigma machine code was deciphered during World War Two.

The ‘codebreakers’ poppy was released earlier this year to remember those who worked in signal intelligence and has “lest we forget” inscribed in the back.

The official poppy website revealed the design of the elegant brooch was ‘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’.

It is called an ‘extraordinary tribute to the work of those in signal intelligence.’



In May Kate visited Bletchley Park to meet with veteran WW2 codebreakers.

The Duchess was also shown commemorative bricks dedicated to both her grandmother Valerie and her great aunt Mary.

During the Remembrance Sunday service the Queen was seen wiping away a tear as she led the tributes to the nation’s war dead, flanked by Kate and The Duchess of  Cornwall.

The Duchess of Sussex watched from a separate balcony with the Countess of Wessex and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

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After the country gave its silent salute, Prince Charles laid a wreath on the Queen’s behalf.

Princes William and Harry also laid tributes.

The Duke of Edinburgh was not present, having retired from royal duties in 2017.




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