ROYAL INTRODUCTION: The Duchess of Cambridge has penned the foreword of a puzzle book that will launch on Oct. 20.
Published by Penguin, “The GCHQ Puzzle Book” is a 140-page book featuring puzzles, codes and games created by code-breakers of GCHQ, the U.K.’s Intelligence and Cyber Security agency. Priced at 12.99 pounds, or $15.80, the book will be sold at bookshops and online. Proceeds of the sales will benefit Heads Together, the mental heath campaign the duchess launched with the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The duchess wrote that she has “always been immensely proud” of her grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, who worked in British Signals Intelligence and interpreted codes during World War II with her twin sister Mary. In 2014, the duchess visited Bletchley Park and met with veterans who had worked alongside her grandmother.
“In a new century, their successors at GCHQ continue this intellectual tradition,” she wrote. “Like their Bletchley predecessors, they have become well-known for valuing and understanding the importance of mental well-being. This is so important when dealing with such discretion and the pressure which comes with this. William, Harry and I are very grateful that this book is supporting our Heads Together Campaign.”
She added that she hopes the book and campaign will promote an “open discussion of mental health problems,” which can affect anyone, regardless of age or background. “Together, we are aiming to change the national conversation around mental health from stigma and fear, to openness and understanding. Those who buy this book and support the Heads Together campaign will be playing a part in helping people get the important mental health care they deserve.”
Prince Harry, meanwhile, is urging runners taking part in next year’s London Marathon to support the Heads Together campaign. In a video campaign — which features the original footage that ran when the initiative was launched — the three royals are pictured wearing blue headbands promoting mental awareness.
Last week, Kate Middleton and Prince William were in Manchester on Friday for a series of royal engagements, having visited Manchester’s National Football Museum, city’s town hall and the University of Manchester.