Kate tries code-breaking at restored WWII center

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Associated Press

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 6:30 AM

LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Cambridge has tried her hand at code-breaking as she opened a museum at Bletchley Park, Britain's famed World War II deciphering center.

Kate sat at a desk and succeeded in decoding a Morse code message as she toured the center, which has been restored with an 8 million-pound ($13.6 million) lottery fund.

The royal has a family link to the park: Her paternal grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, was a civilian staff member there during WWII.

Code-breakers at Bletchley Park were credited with shortening the war by breaking German cypher systems — code-named Enigma and Lorenz.

The site fell into disrepair after the war, but a year-long project has restored its wartime appearance and added exhibitions and visitor facilities.

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