Duchess Kate's grandmother was a WWII-era spy?

Duchess Kate's grandmother was a WWII-era spy?

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Duchess Kate's grandmother was a WWII-era spy?

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by Maria Puente / USA Today Entertain This!

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Posted on June 19, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 19 at 8:23 AM

Wait, Duchess Kate’s grandmother was a WWII-era spy?

Sort of, and it must be an intriguing detail to the PBS fans who follow The Bletchley Circle

Kate paid a visit today to Bletchley Park, the British spy school where her grandmother was one of the scores of anonymous women who helped break Nazi codes and win WWII.

It was another revealing tidbit about the middle-class family of the former Kate Middleton, in this case, her paternal grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, who died in 2006.

Seventy years ago, as D-Day approached and German bombs fell on London, Valerie and her twin sister Mary were among the codebreakers working in secret at Bletchley Park, birthplace of the British secret services, whose efforts may have shortened the war by years.

Now Bletchley is a national historic site, just renovated to resemble its WWII-era appearance, which is what Kate was there to inspect (dressed in an Alexander McQueen nautical-themed skirt and blouse).

She even got to meet one of the codebreakers, Lady Marion Brody, who worked with her grandmother and her sister back then.

Today, the British intelligence agencies may be as criticized as the spies in the American NSA and CIA, but back then the codebreakers were heroes, even if publicly unrecognized until nearly 50 years after the war ended.

And who else to lead the applause than a future queen with a personal connection?

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