The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cracked a joke at their own expense in the book, the proceeds of which will go in part to their mental health work. Publisher Puffin produced the book with the Government Communications Headquarters, commonly referred to as GCHQ and famous for breaking German riddle codes during World War II.
William and Kate wrote in the foreword: “We are delighted that the brilliant minds at GCHQ have been busy working on a third puzzle book, and that this edition is designed for young readers.
“Hopefully that might mean we find them easier to solve…!” they joked.
The couple continued, “As a family, we are no strangers to the vital work of GCHQ. We’ve seen firsthand how staff are constantly adapting to meet new threats, and we remain inspired by staff’s commitment to protecting our national security.
The royal couple highlighted the impact of the Covid pandemic on mental health across the country – but particularly on children who have missed crucial school time.
They wrote: “The Covid-19 pandemic has presented one of the greatest global challenges in recent history. It has impacted our ability to go to work, school and socialize in the way we are all used to.
“It has affected all of us and sadly we know that the true extent of the pandemic’s impact on the country’s mental health will not be fully understood for years. Your support through the purchase of the book will enable the Royal Foundation to continue its work on mental health at a time when this support is needed more than ever.
“We look forward to helping our children solve these puzzles and hope this book will bring friends and families together to start meaningful conversations. Talking openly about mental health can be the first step to eliminating stigma, fear and isolation.
“Just like at GCHQ, bringing together different perspectives can often be the key to unlocking a solution that you can’t quite find on your own.”
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Proceeds from GCHQ’s share of the advance and royalties for the book will go to the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Total funds are estimated to reach at least £20,000 in the first year of publication.
The book introduces its readers to various aspects of the work of GCHQ. It includes codes and puzzles, word puzzles and language puzzles, and personal testimonials from GCHQ employees.
The GCHQ has already created two puzzle books for adults – The GCHQ Puzzle Book and The GCHQ Puzzle Book II – which have sold half a million copies between them. It is believed that the Cambridge family are still on holiday in Scotland.
They are expected to return to their new Windsor home soon before their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis start school at Lambbrook.
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