She’s known for her thrifty side and Catherine has pulled it off once again as she recycled one of her most classic dresses for a special royal visit, paying tribute to her own grandmother’s incredible war efforts.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 37, looked beautiful in a navy and white polka-dot dress by Alessandra Rich, reportedly worth £1,750 (AU $3,253). Flowing down loosely to her knees, the timeless frock ended with a daring split down the front and a white buttoned-up collar.
Prince William’s wife coupled the dress, which she previously wore for Prince Charles’ official 70th birthday portraits, with some blue stiletto heels and wore her hair in loose curls over her shoulders as she visited Bletchley Park, near Milton Keynes, UK.
The royal visit was particularly special for the duchess as her own paternal grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, worked there as a code-breaker during the Second World War and Catherine had the chance to meet other veterans and speak about their incredible work.
The mum-of-three was shown a new memorial of bricks containing the name of her grandmother and great-aunt, before the Mail Online reports she opened up on how secretive her gran used to be about her time there – telling school children at Akeley Wood Primary School that she was “so sworn to secrecy that she never felt able to tell us” about what she did.
Today The Duchess of Cambridge visited @bletchleyparkuk, the home of British codebreaking — which played a major role in secret intelligence gathering during the Second World War, producing secret information which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the war. The Duchess joined joined schoolchildren for an immersive workshop (using a real Enigma Machine used during the Second World War), which saw them 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. She also met Bletchley Veterans Elizabeth Diacon, Georgina Rose, Audrey Mather and Rena Stewart, who all worked to feed crucial information to Allied forces in the critical months, weeks and days leading up to D-Day during #WW2. The Duchess’s own Grandmother and Great Aunt, Valerie and Mary Glassborow, both worked at Bletchley during the War — and have become the latest additions to Bletchley’s Codebreakers’ Wall of Honour. Bletchley’s new exhibition ‘D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion’, based on newly declassified material, shows how the intelligence effort coordinated at the site helped specifically in the success of the D-Day landings at Normandy, part of their work to bring together the past and the present, with a nod to the future.
According to the news outlet, both of Catherine’s relatives worked as duty officers and were employed as Foreign Office Civilians in the Cover Management Y section in 1944.
In a further tribute to Valerie, Catherine also wore her late grandmother’s brooch on the visit, in honour of her memory.
According to Kensington Palace, the duchess also joined the kids for an immersive workshop where they used a real Enigma Machine from the Second World War, which saw them take on the role of code-breakers.
“She also met Bletchley Veterans Elizabeth Diacon, Georgina Rose, Audrey Mather and Rena Stewart, who all worked to feed crucial information to Allied forces in the critical months, weeks and days leading up to D-Day during #WW2,” the palace added in a statement on Instagram.
Meanwhile, Catherine also opened up on her youngest son Louis’ cheeky habits on the visit, according to the Mirror Online.
“Louis is keeping us on our toes,” she reportedly told royal fans. “I turned around the other day and he was at the top of the slide – I had no idea!”.
It comes just weeks after Kensington Palace released new photos of the adorable youngster to mark his first birthday, taken by Catherine herself who is a keen photographer.