Kate Middleton celebrated not only the lives of the nation's war heroes during Remembrance Sunday. She also remembered people who are very close to her heart.
As part of the ceremonial event, the Duchess of Cambridge stood beside the Queen on the balcony while watching Princes Charles, William, and Harry offer wreaths for the country's fallen heroes who died during the war.
Middleton wore a military-inspired coat and highlighted it with The Codebreakers Brooch worth £29.99.
Interestingly, it was the Duchess' way to pay respect and honor her grandmother Valerie Glassborow, Valerie's twin sister Mary and her great-aunt.
Valerie and Mary served the country by being codebreakers who deciphered the secrets of the German Enigma machine during World War II. With all the available accessories, Middleton chose the pin that symbolizes the codebreakers and remembered what the two did for the country.
The brooch is made available by The Poppy Shop in memory of the 13,000 fallen people on the Bletchley Park's Roll of Honor. Each brooch is presented in a memento box with the line "lest we forget" carved at the back of each badge. The brooch is also called an "extraordinary tribute to the work of those in signal intelligence."
The Special Visit Before Remembrance
In May, Middleton paid a visit to Bletchley Park where her grandmother used to work during the war and opened up about Valerie and Mary.
"My granny and her sister worked here. It's very cool. When she was alive sadly she could never talk about it. She was so sworn to secrecy that she never felt able to tell us," Kate stated.
During her visit, the 37-year-old Duchess met young children who reenacted the role of the codebreakers as part of the special D-Day exhibition in the newly restored Teleprinter Building in honor of the June 6 D-Day landings (Normandy Invasion) 75 years ago. The children also participated in the event in line with the new interactive STEM learning activities.
Aside from the students, Kate Middleton also met four other women who also worked as codebreakers. She seemed to tell them the words she always wanted to tell her grandmother. Middleton voiced that the four must have been so proud for accomplishing their significant role as codebreakers in the country and also expressed her hopes for the youth to continue celebrating them
The Duchess already visited the Bletchley in 2014, and the most recent one served as the return visit to celebrate the lives of her grandmother and her twin sister.