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30 May 2014, 15:40
The Duchess of Cambridge is to visit Bletchley Park on June 18th, 2014.
The announcement was made by the Park earlier this afternoon.
The Bletchley Park Trust is delighted to relay the following announcement from the Royal Household.
“The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Bletchley Park, a heritage and education site, on Wednesday 18 June 2014. Her Royal Highness will view the restored location, tour the WW2 Codebreaking Huts and will hear about the achievements of the Codebreakers whose work is said to have helped shorten the war by two years.”
The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Bletchley Park to mark the completion of the year-long restoration project, which has restored the site to its World War Two appearance.
During the visit, Her Royal Highness will meet WW2 Codebreaker veterans who worked at the Government Code and Cypher School during WW2, where encrypted messages sent by the Navy, Army and Air Forces of Germany and its allies were decrypted, translated and analysed for vital intelligence.
The Duchess will view interactive exhibitions and demonstrations, and will meet the Design & Management Team and supporters who worked to deliver the project.
Her Royal Highness will be escorted on her tour of Bletchley Park by Sir John Scarlett, Chairman of the Bletchley Park Trust, and Iain Standen, Chief Executive Officer of the Bletchley Park Trust. The Duchess will be invited to plant a tree to commemorate the visit and the completed restoration.
Bletchley Park's £8 million, Heritage Lottery Funded restoration project has seen more building work on the site than at any time since 1944, at the peak of war. The work carried out over the last year allows visitors to experience what it was like for the Codebreakers, as Bletchley Park has been returned to its wartime appearance and atmosphere, and now boasts a vibrant new Visitor Centre which will continue to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.