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The Earl of Wessex visits Bletchley Park

Published 27 April 2017

The Earl of Wessex tours a new exhibition celebrating the pioneering achievements of World War II code-breakers, before attending several other engagements in Milton Keynes and Cambridge.

The Earl of Wessex visited Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire today, Britain's main decryption hub during World War Two. It was here that code-breakers including Alan Turing penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers, most notably the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers. Historians say efforts made here by the intelligent forces shortened the war by four years.

The Earl of Wessex visited two newly updated exhibitions which celebrate the pioneering achieved made by those who waged the 'secret war'. 

Later in the day, HRH stopped by Scripture Union in Milton Keynes and Bell Cambridge, where students presented projects that demonstrated the music, art and food of their culture.

The Earl also opened a new development at Wesley House, a cross-cultural community of prayer and study in the Wesleyan tradition. He finished the day by attending an Evensong Service & reception to commemorate South Africa Freedom day at Westcott House.