THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE TO VISIT BLETCHLEY PARK D-DAY EXHIBITION
Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes
Tuesday 14th May, 2019
The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Bletchley Park on Tuesday 14th May, to view a special D-Day exhibition in the newly restored Teleprinter Building, marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
The historic Bletchley Park Teleprinter Building was where Codebreakers received hundreds of thousands of enemy messages, intercepted at secret listening posts across the UK, throughout the Second World War. The building will now host the special exhibition D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion.
The exhibition includes an immersive film, based on newly declassified material, which shows how the intelligence effort coordinated at Bletchley Park helped specifically in the success of the D-Day landings at Normandy. Using sophisticated codebreaking techniques, workers at Bletchley Park fed crucial information to Allied forces in the critical months, weeks and days leading up to D-Day on 6th June 1944.
The Duchess will view the interactive exhibition and meet with those who worked together to deliver the restoration of the building. Her Royal Highness will then meet schoolchildren taking part in one of Bletchley Park Trust’s learning activities. An immersive workshop based on the new exhibition allows pupils to take on the role of codebreakers in June 1944, intercepting and deciphering German communications in order to understand their order of battle and decide whether the Operation Fortitude deception plans have been successful.
The Duchess of Cambridge visited Bletchley Park in 2014, following the restoration of the exhibition and heritage site. During the visit, Her Royal Highness met with veteran codebreakers who worked at Bletchley alongside The Duchess’s grandmother Valerie Glassborow, and her twin sister Mary, during the Second World War.
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