Kate Middleton pays tribute to George, Charlotte and Louis with sweet necklace during trip to Derby University

KATE Middleton has paid a sweet tribute to her three children with her choice of jewellery during her visit to Derby University today.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, was seen wearing a personalised necklace featuring the initials of George, 7, Charlotte, 5 and Louis, 2 during the engagement this afternoon.

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The £98 14k gold necklace is from the independent boutique All the Falling Stars with each gold disk engraved with G, C and L.

The royal mum-of-three wore the jewellery on top of a cosy baby blue sweater, £119, and checked coat, £249, both from Massimo Dutti as she wrapped up from the October chill.

And while in doors she added a Liberty print face covering as she did her bit to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Kate visited first-year students at the University of Derby to hear how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the start of their undergraduate life.

Kate travelled to the city to meet students and find out how their mental health is being cared for on campus.

The duchess's visit to the university's main Kedleston Road site ties in with World Mental Health Day on Saturday.

She was briefed by Student Minds, the UK's student mental health charity, on the national picture.

Her first discussion was in a socially distanced circle.

Kate asked representatives of Student Minds if there had been an "increase in awareness" among students of mental health help – and asked if it had been "integrated" into their education.

She then spoke to students about how they have felt during the pandemic.

Husna Hanif and Laura Oliver, both 18, told the duchess they had "kept busy" during lockdown – adding that it was "hard not seeing friends".

She asked the pair if there was enough support at the university – to which Ms Oliver replied: "There's so much support."

"That's great to hear," Kate said.

The duchess also heard about Student Minds' Student Space initiative, a new resource created to support students during the pandemic, which offers information and direct help by phone and text.

The 24/7 text service using trained volunteers is delivered in partnership with Shout, an initiative from the Royal Foundation's Heads Together mental health campaign.

Kate was told that nursing students have been buddied up with fellow students in the year above to provide them with peer support during challenging clinical placements, and that the university has trained its sports societies to enable students to support their teammates' mental health.

The duchess, who has a history of art degree, spent her university days at St Andrews in Fife and met her husband there.

In their first year in 2001, William and Kate lived a few doors apart in St Salvator's hall of residence and became friendly, socialising together and playing tennis.

Both were studying history of art, although William later switched to geography.

It was Kate who was credited with persuading the prince to continue his studies when he considered quitting as he struggled to adjust to university life during his first year.

They began sharing a four-bedroom Edwardian townhouse in Fife with friends at the start of their second year, before the group of four students moved into a secluded rented cottage outside the town.

They graduated at the same ceremony in 2005.

In other royal news, we told you how Kate went from a "porcelain parent" with George to "laid back" with Louis.

And we shared how Michelle Keegan is taking style inspiration from Kate Middleton with tartan coats, khaki parkas & houndstooth prints.

Meanwhile, these are the subtle tweaks Kate has made to her wardrobe which hint she’s preparing to become Queen.

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