On Thursday, His Royal Highness, Prince Michael of Kent toured the huts and blocks of Bletchley Park; the site of the Government Code and Cypher School is responsible for decoding enemy codes and siphers during WWII. Breaking these codes and siphers had a profound outcome on the results of the war.
In Block C, the Prince toured three exhibitions. The first of which is Secrets Revealed, which gives visitors an overview of the Bletchley Park story, Secrecy and Security – Keeping Safe Online, is an exploration of cybersecurity and is in partnership with McAfee.
Finally, The Road to Bletchley Park explores the untold story of codebreaking during the first world war. There are plans for this exhibition to be extended to include codebreaking in World War II as well. The royal visitor also toured the restored Victorian mansion and huts, following in the footsteps of the codebreakers whilst learning of their great achievements.
The Chairman of the Bletchley Park Trust, Sir John Scarlett, said: “It was an honour to welcome Prince Michael of Kent. Like all visitors to Bletchley Park, His Royal Highness felt strongly the significance of what happened here during WW2. It inspires the entire site.”
Prince Michael of Kent is the younger brother of the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra,; his older brother is the Park’s Royal Patron. Their father was Prince George, fourth son of King George V, the Queen’s grandfather.
He attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and has since had a long military career. He’s served in Germany, Hong Kong and Cyprus. He has also had several appointments on the Defence Intelligence Staff. He currently runs his own consultancy business whilst continuing to carry out public engagements such as this visit.