Prince Charles tries Enigma machine at GCHQ Scarborough

A former GCHQ historian explains the workings of an Enigma coding machine to the Prince of Wales as he tries one out in the museum of GCHQ Scarborough in Scarborough. Picture: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire

A former GCHQ historian explains the workings of an Enigma coding machine to the Prince of Wales as he tries one out in the museum of GCHQ Scarborough in Scarborough. Picture: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire

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The Prince of Wales tried his hand at the famous Enigma code-breaking machine when he visited the world's oldest existing intercept station.

Charles, who is patron of the intelligence services, was shown around GCHQ Scarborough to help celebrate its centenary year.

The base, which has more than 200 staff on site, was first established in Scarborough by the Royal Navy in 1914 as a wireless telegraphy station.

It then relocated to its current home at Irton Moor, North Yorkshire, in 1943.

The Prince saw the original bunker which was in operation until the 1970s as well as the station's museum which houses various listening and decoding devices.

He was also able to type a message into an original Enigma machine, which he said was "fascinating".

An outstation of the main GCHQ site in Cheltenham, the site near Scarborough played a key role in tracking the famous German battleship the Bismarck.

During the tour the Prince asked questions about the equipment he was being shown and how it was used during the war.

He was also able to meet members of staff at the base and was briefed on some current operational work that Scarborough does.

Making his first visit to the base, Charles was shown round the site by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Lord Crathorne, as well as a retired GCHQ historian.

A GCHQ spokesman said: "It is a real pleasure for us to host a visit by his Royal Highness to our Scarborough site in this centenary year so that he can meet staff and see firsthand the vital work they do in keeping the country safe.

"The Prince has long been a strong supporter of the work of the intelligence agencies and his presence here today is a reminder of that."

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7:53am Thu 31 Jul 14

pedalling paul says...

Will HRH perhaps get to the bottom of historic allegations, that the Palace connived with the Intelligence Services, to bring about the collision that killed Princess Di. I've just been reading a book which contained very convincing arguments that this was so.
Will HRH perhaps get to the bottom of historic allegations, that the Palace connived with the Intelligence Services, to bring about the collision that killed Princess Di. I've just been reading a book which contained very convincing arguments that this was so. pedalling paul
  • Score: -20

8:23am Thu 31 Jul 14

smudge2 says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Will HRH perhaps get to the bottom of historic allegations, that the Palace connived with the Intelligence Services, to bring about the collision that killed Princess Di. I've just been reading a book which contained very convincing arguments that this was so.
I seriously think you are now losing the plot Paul.?????
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Will HRH perhaps get to the bottom of historic allegations, that the Palace connived with the Intelligence Services, to bring about the collision that killed Princess Di. I've just been reading a book which contained very convincing arguments that this was so.[/p][/quote]I seriously think you are now losing the plot Paul.????? smudge2
  • Score: 14

9:17am Thu 31 Jul 14

Kevin Turvey says...

Peddling Paul
That is the most sane thing that you have ever ever said, even from BR days!

Welcome to the real world!

As a matter of interest paul which book is it?

Maybe the same one I read, maybe not. Can't remeber the title,but it was about using murder/hits as a political tool still in the 20th century!

Does it go on the talk about the delay of placing at half mast of the royal standard due to no royal precident,the Met were warning of large amounts of people in the capital at present peaceful, but they had no way to control if things changed.

An advisor stated that the storming of the bastile started in similar circumstances and they very quickly dropped it to half mast as the were scared of a revolution starting?

really funny, just shows how little actual control over the population they do have, its all an illusion and will one day fall down!

The establishment control us by us doing ourselves, cunning trick, but more and more people are seeing the reality!

Well done paul you have gained respect in my eyes!

Now you need to read the book about David Kelly by the MP - forgot his name.
Also the book about 7/11 by the guy with the asian name.
Not saying that they are bang on correct but enough to give you doubts and question why we are fed the balony we are from the powers at be!
Peddling Paul That is the most sane thing that you have ever ever said, even from BR days! Welcome to the real world! As a matter of interest paul which book is it? Maybe the same one I read, maybe not. Can't remeber the title,but it was about using murder/hits as a political tool still in the 20th century! Does it go on the talk about the delay of placing at half mast of the royal standard due to no royal precident,the Met were warning of large amounts of people in the capital at present peaceful, but they had no way to control if things changed. An advisor stated that the storming of the bastile started in similar circumstances and they very quickly dropped it to half mast as the were scared of a revolution starting? really funny, just shows how little actual control over the population they do have, its all an illusion and will one day fall down! The establishment control us by us doing ourselves, cunning trick, but more and more people are seeing the reality! Well done paul you have gained respect in my eyes! Now you need to read the book about David Kelly by the MP - forgot his name. Also the book about 7/11 by the guy with the asian name. Not saying that they are bang on correct but enough to give you doubts and question why we are fed the balony we are from the powers at be! Kevin Turvey
  • Score: -2

9:27am Thu 31 Jul 14

smudge2 says...

Kevin Turvey wrote:
Peddling Paul
That is the most sane thing that you have ever ever said, even from BR days!

Welcome to the real world!

As a matter of interest paul which book is it?

Maybe the same one I read, maybe not. Can't remeber the title,but it was about using murder/hits as a political tool still in the 20th century!

Does it go on the talk about the delay of placing at half mast of the royal standard due to no royal precident,the Met were warning of large amounts of people in the capital at present peaceful, but they had no way to control if things changed.

An advisor stated that the storming of the bastile started in similar circumstances and they very quickly dropped it to half mast as the were scared of a revolution starting?

really funny, just shows how little actual control over the population they do have, its all an illusion and will one day fall down!

The establishment control us by us doing ourselves, cunning trick, but more and more people are seeing the reality!

Well done paul you have gained respect in my eyes!

Now you need to read the book about David Kelly by the MP - forgot his name.
Also the book about 7/11 by the guy with the asian name.
Not saying that they are bang on correct but enough to give you doubts and question why we are fed the balony we are from the powers at be!
Don't encourage him...York has to listen to enough of his c**p already.
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Turvey[/bold] wrote: Peddling Paul That is the most sane thing that you have ever ever said, even from BR days! Welcome to the real world! As a matter of interest paul which book is it? Maybe the same one I read, maybe not. Can't remeber the title,but it was about using murder/hits as a political tool still in the 20th century! Does it go on the talk about the delay of placing at half mast of the royal standard due to no royal precident,the Met were warning of large amounts of people in the capital at present peaceful, but they had no way to control if things changed. An advisor stated that the storming of the bastile started in similar circumstances and they very quickly dropped it to half mast as the were scared of a revolution starting? really funny, just shows how little actual control over the population they do have, its all an illusion and will one day fall down! The establishment control us by us doing ourselves, cunning trick, but more and more people are seeing the reality! Well done paul you have gained respect in my eyes! Now you need to read the book about David Kelly by the MP - forgot his name. Also the book about 7/11 by the guy with the asian name. Not saying that they are bang on correct but enough to give you doubts and question why we are fed the balony we are from the powers at be![/p][/quote]Don't encourage him...York has to listen to enough of his c**p already. smudge2
  • Score: 8

9:43am Thu 31 Jul 14

Kevin Turvey says...

‘smudge2 says...
Don't encourage him...York has to listen to enough of his c**p already.’

This may be the turning point for him! It will make him understand that we have been lied to all our lives.
Final realization that the government/establish
ment does NOT work for us and that the system has to change, first steps are understanding with evidence and research that they are basically liars protecting their own and others interests and not ours!


Paul,
These two for starters!
The Strange Death of David Kelly Paperback by Norman Baker
The London Bombings: An Independent Inquiry by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

Go for it
‘smudge2 says... Don't encourage him...York has to listen to enough of his c**p already.’ This may be the turning point for him! It will make him understand that we have been lied to all our lives. Final realization that the government/establish ment does NOT work for us and that the system has to change, first steps are understanding with evidence and research that they are basically liars protecting their own and others interests and not ours! Paul, These two for starters! The Strange Death of David Kelly Paperback by Norman Baker The London Bombings: An Independent Inquiry by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed Go for it Kevin Turvey
  • Score: -1

9:59am Thu 31 Jul 14

piemagico says...

Kevin Turvey wrote:
Peddling Paul
That is the most sane thing that you have ever ever said, even from BR days!

Welcome to the real world!

As a matter of interest paul which book is it?

Maybe the same one I read, maybe not. Can't remeber the title,but it was about using murder/hits as a political tool still in the 20th century!

Does it go on the talk about the delay of placing at half mast of the royal standard due to no royal precident,the Met were warning of large amounts of people in the capital at present peaceful, but they had no way to control if things changed.

An advisor stated that the storming of the bastile started in similar circumstances and they very quickly dropped it to half mast as the were scared of a revolution starting?

really funny, just shows how little actual control over the population they do have, its all an illusion and will one day fall down!

The establishment control us by us doing ourselves, cunning trick, but more and more people are seeing the reality!

Well done paul you have gained respect in my eyes!

Now you need to read the book about David Kelly by the MP - forgot his name.
Also the book about 7/11 by the guy with the asian name.
Not saying that they are bang on correct but enough to give you doubts and question why we are fed the balony we are from the powers at be!
I think you are referring to the revered works of Mohamed Fayed.
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Turvey[/bold] wrote: Peddling Paul That is the most sane thing that you have ever ever said, even from BR days! Welcome to the real world! As a matter of interest paul which book is it? Maybe the same one I read, maybe not. Can't remeber the title,but it was about using murder/hits as a political tool still in the 20th century! Does it go on the talk about the delay of placing at half mast of the royal standard due to no royal precident,the Met were warning of large amounts of people in the capital at present peaceful, but they had no way to control if things changed. An advisor stated that the storming of the bastile started in similar circumstances and they very quickly dropped it to half mast as the were scared of a revolution starting? really funny, just shows how little actual control over the population they do have, its all an illusion and will one day fall down! The establishment control us by us doing ourselves, cunning trick, but more and more people are seeing the reality! Well done paul you have gained respect in my eyes! Now you need to read the book about David Kelly by the MP - forgot his name. Also the book about 7/11 by the guy with the asian name. Not saying that they are bang on correct but enough to give you doubts and question why we are fed the balony we are from the powers at be![/p][/quote]I think you are referring to the revered works of Mohamed Fayed. piemagico
  • Score: 3

10:27am Thu 31 Jul 14

The Great Buda says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Will HRH perhaps get to the bottom of historic allegations, that the Palace connived with the Intelligence Services, to bring about the collision that killed Princess Di. I've just been reading a book which contained very convincing arguments that this was so.
You really are odd.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Will HRH perhaps get to the bottom of historic allegations, that the Palace connived with the Intelligence Services, to bring about the collision that killed Princess Di. I've just been reading a book which contained very convincing arguments that this was so.[/p][/quote]You really are odd. The Great Buda
  • Score: 12

10:55am Thu 31 Jul 14

The Grim Reaper says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Will HRH perhaps get to the bottom of historic allegations, that the Palace connived with the Intelligence Services, to bring about the collision that killed Princess Di. I've just been reading a book which contained very convincing arguments that this was so.
You really do need to get a grasp on reality. It has been trawled over time and again, and proof positive has been given that her death was a tragic accident. An accident, nothing more, nothing less. You'll be suggesting that man never landed on the moon next.....or you are intelligent....!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Will HRH perhaps get to the bottom of historic allegations, that the Palace connived with the Intelligence Services, to bring about the collision that killed Princess Di. I've just been reading a book which contained very convincing arguments that this was so.[/p][/quote]You really do need to get a grasp on reality. It has been trawled over time and again, and proof positive has been given that her death was a tragic accident. An accident, nothing more, nothing less. You'll be suggesting that man never landed on the moon next.....or you are intelligent....!!!!! The Grim Reaper
  • Score: 7

11:19am Thu 31 Jul 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Why are the Press video clips always shown 4:3 when they're shot at 16:9? Or are the people atGCHQ Scarborough (and HRH Prince Charles) extremely tall and thin?
Why are the Press video clips always shown 4:3 when they're shot at 16:9? Or are the people atGCHQ Scarborough (and HRH Prince Charles) extremely tall and thin? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 3

11:32am Thu 31 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

I think in the photo Chaz is saying "If I press this button will Pedalling Paul explode ?"
I think in the photo Chaz is saying "If I press this button will Pedalling Paul explode ?" Pinza-C55
  • Score: 6

12:29pm Thu 31 Jul 14

MouseHouse says...

Another parasitic member of the 'royal' family.
Another parasitic member of the 'royal' family. MouseHouse
  • Score: -1

2:16pm Thu 31 Jul 14

goatman says...

It's the lizards....
It's the lizards.... goatman
  • Score: 2

7:19pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Seadog says...

For crying out loud! The Royal Standard is NEVER flown at half mast! It is the personal standard of the monarch, so the moment one dies there's always another immediately: hence no requirement to lower it.

Of course' in the event of the death of the LAST monarch ........
For crying out loud! The Royal Standard is NEVER flown at half mast! It is the personal standard of the monarch, so the moment one dies there's always another immediately: hence no requirement to lower it. Of course' in the event of the death of the LAST monarch ........ Seadog
  • Score: 1

9:38pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Bad magic says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Will HRH perhaps get to the bottom of historic allegations, that the Palace connived with the Intelligence Services, to bring about the collision that killed Princess Di. I've just been reading a book which contained very convincing arguments that this was so.
“Conspiracy theory is the ultimate refuge of the powerless. If you cannot change your own life, it must be that some greater force controls the world.”

― Roger Cohen
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Will HRH perhaps get to the bottom of historic allegations, that the Palace connived with the Intelligence Services, to bring about the collision that killed Princess Di. I've just been reading a book which contained very convincing arguments that this was so.[/p][/quote]“Conspiracy theory is the ultimate refuge of the powerless. If you cannot change your own life, it must be that some greater force controls the world.” ― Roger Cohen Bad magic
  • Score: 3

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