Picture slideshow: Bletchley Park welcomes the Duke of Kent

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HRH The Duke of Kent officially opened a new exhibition at Bletchley Park yesterday afternoon.

The Road to Bletchley Park tells the story of codebreaking in World War One.

Duke of Kent at Bletchley Park

Duke of Kent at Bletchley Park

The Duke, who is a Royal Patron of the museum, met with representatives of the exhibition’s sponsors, BAE Systems and Ultra Electronics, as well as visiting new displays which have been updated since his last visit in 2009.

Sir John Scarlett, Chairman of the Bletchley Park Trust, said “This exhibition tells an essential part of the Bletchley Park story.

“The Great War took place at a time of rapid technological change and innovation. Cable, wireless, codes and codebreaking were central to this revolution.

“The work of British interception and Codebreakers achieved outstanding success. As in World War Two, our country was at the cutting edge of technology, where it always needs to be.

Duke of Kent at Bletchley Park

Duke of Kent at Bletchley Park

“In the Great War the foundations were laid, and the leadership prepared, for the triumphs of Bletchley Park.”

The Duke met the design team and sponsors behind the exhibition, BAE Systems and Ultra Electronics, before announcing it officially open.

He was escorted around the Visitor Centre in Block C by the Chairman and CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, experiencing along the way the exhibition, Secrets Revealed, Introducing Bletchley Park.

The Royal party then took in the Bletchley Park: Rescued and Restored exhibition inside Hut 12 and explored the newly restored Codebreaking Huts 3 and 6, followed by more recently created exhibitions in The Mansion, including Commander Denniston’s Office and The Imitation Game, The Exhibition about the Oscar-winning film.

Duke of Kent at Bletchley Park

Duke of Kent at Bletchley Park

Timed to coincide with the exhibition opening, a unique parody of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was republished.

Alice in ID25 poked fun at the wartime work of the Naval Intelligence codebreaking section Room 40, which became known from 1917 as ID25.

Duke of Kent at Bletchley Park

Duke of Kent at Bletchley Park