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Kate Middleton put on a stylish display as she visited University College London

The Duchess of Cambridge has been researching her own family tree to learn more about how her ancestors’ home lives affected the adults they became.

Kate, 39, let slip that she has been looking back at four generations of the Middleton and Goldsmith families as part of her work into early childhood development as she met academics from the Children of the 2020s project at the University College London’s Centre for Longitudinal Studies on Tuesday morning.

Her mother’s side of the family – the Goldsmiths – came from significant poverty, with three generations of coal miners, a carpenter, a general labourer and a shop assistant among her ancestors.

But her father Michael’s ancestors generally enjoyed a far more comfortable upbringing. He descends from a family of wealthy wool merchants and boasts a pilot, a bank manager and a solicitor among his relatives. 

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, put on a stylish display in a recycled £16 Zara dress as she visited University College London’s Centre for Longitudinal Studies on Tuesday morning

The Duchess of Cambridge puts on an animated display as she was shown around the library by Professor Pasco Fearon during a visit to University College London's Centre for Longitudinal Studies to meet with leading early years researchers and learn more about their new study

The Duchess of Cambridge puts on an animated display as she was shown around the library by Professor Pasco Fearon during a visit to University College London’s Centre for Longitudinal Studies to meet with leading early years researchers and learn more about their new study

Professor Pasco Fearon (centre) and Professor Alissa Goodman (right), talked the Duchess of Cambridge through their recent findings

Professor Pasco Fearon (centre) and Professor Alissa Goodman (right), talked the Duchess of Cambridge through their recent findings

The typically stylish mother-of-three was seen giving a speech as she visited University College London's Centre for Longitudinal Studies this morning

The typically stylish mother-of-three was seen giving a speech as she visited University College London’s Centre for Longitudinal Studies this morning

The project will track the development of children born in 2021 over the next five years and investigate the effect on children of their home environment, community, early years services and their families’ social and economic circumstances.

The duchess said: ‘Our early childhoods shape our adult lives and knowing more about what impacts this critical time is fundamental to understanding what we as a society can do to improve our future health and happiness.’  

Thrifty Kate Middleton recycled the same £16 long-sleeved houndstooth Zara dress – originally £89.99 before being reduced in the sale – that she first wore during a royal engagement in Bradford in January 2020.

Within hours of the mother-of-three’s previous appearance in the high-street outfit, which features a high neck tie and an elasticated waist, it quickly sold out online and was listed on eBay for prices as high as £125.    

The natural beauty (pictured) kept her makeup to a minimum, with just a touch of blusher, nude-coloured lip and light layering of mascara

The natural beauty (pictured) kept her makeup to a minimum, with just a touch of blusher, nude-coloured lip and light layering of mascara

Kate looked the picture of elegance as she stepped out today

The royal was all smiles as she put her best foot forward

Kate (pictured, left and right) let slip that she has been looking back at four generations of the Middleton and Goldsmith families as part of her work into early childhood development 

During the visit, Kate (pictured, arriving) met with leading early years researchers and learn more about their new study, 'The Children of the 2020s'

During the visit, Kate (pictured, arriving) met with leading early years researchers and learn more about their new study, ‘The Children of the 2020s’ 

However, rather than pairing it with the same black block heels by Gianvito Rossi as last time, the royal gave the chic ensemble a fresh look today by adding grey pointed Hugo Boss pumps, which she first debuted to an event at the Natural History Museum in London in 2016. 

Kate was also seen donning a plain black face mask as she stepped inside the building in accordance with UCL’s policy, which states that all staff, students and visitor must wear face coverings whilst indoors on campus, unless they are medically exempt.

The royal, who wore her brown locks down in a loose curly blow dry, added a touch of glam to her outfit with a dazzling pair of £3,750 Mappin & Webb diamond earrings. 

The natural beauty kept her makeup to a minimum, with just a touch of blusher, nude-coloured lip and light layering of mascara.

She told researchers how she had noticed the impact of social issues closer to home after looking back at four generations of her own family tree. 

Thrifty Kate (pictured) paired the houndstooth dress with chic Hugo Boss pumps and added a touch of glam with a dazzling pair of £3,750 Mappin & Webb diamond earrings

Thrifty Kate (pictured) paired the houndstooth dress with chic Hugo Boss pumps and added a touch of glam with a dazzling pair of £3,750 Mappin & Webb diamond earrings

The Duchess of Cambridge donning the dress in January 2020 when she met boxer Amir Khan during a visit to MyLahore restaurant in Bradford

The royal gave the chic outfit a fresh look by pairing it with grey pointed Hugo Boss pumps, which she first debuted to an event at the Natural History Museum in London in 2016

The royal gave the chic outfit a fresh look (pictured, left in January 2020 and right, today) by pairing it with grey pointed Hugo Boss pumps, which she first debuted to an event at the Natural History Museum in London in 2016 

The long-sleeved houndstooth Zara dress (pictured) features a high neck tie and an elasticated waist

The long-sleeved houndstooth Zara dress (pictured) features a high neck tie and an elasticated waist

Professor Alissa Goodman, professor of economics and director of the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies, said: ‘The conversation was about how you can see big changes in society and how much that’s affected the experiences of different generations.’

Kate was also shown archive material of research into early childhood dating back to the 1940s, including a ‘birth questionnaire’ given to new mothers in 1958.

‘We had answers to questions around who looked after the husband while the woman went into hospital,’ said Professor Goodman.

‘Oh, it was different then!’ exclaimed Kate, whose husband, Prince William, was present for the births of each of their three children. 

The Duchess of Cambridge's dazzling pair of £3,750 Mappin & Webb diamond earrings added a touch of spark to her smart outfit

The Duchess of Cambridge’s dazzling pair of £3,750 Mappin & Webb diamond earrings added a touch of spark to her smart outfit 

Kate had a chat with professor Pasco Fearon (centre) and Professor Alissa Goodman during a visit to University College London's Centre for Longitudinal Studies

Kate had a chat with professor Pasco Fearon (centre) and Professor Alissa Goodman during a visit to University College London’s Centre for Longitudinal Studies

Kate, who wanted to learn more about the research conducted at UCL, was seen holding an informational leaflet during her visit

Kate, who wanted to learn more about the research conducted at UCL, was seen holding an informational leaflet during her visit 

Kate, wearing a stylish black and white number, listened closely to the two scholars' presentation during her visit to UCL

Wearing a black face mask which matched her dress, Kate tucked a glossy lock of hair behind her ear during her meeting at UCL

Wearing a black face mask which coordinated with her dress (left and right), Kate tucked her glossy locks  behind her ear

The new nationally representative birth cohort study will track the holistic development of children in England from the age of nine months to five years.

Researchers will begin recruiting up to 8,000 families next January for babies born in April, May and June this year.

Over the course of her royal life, the duchess has focused on how difficulties in adulthood including addiction, family breakdown, poor mental health, suicide and homelessness, can be traced to someone’s early childhood experiences.

In June she launched The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, which she hopes will highlight how experiences as a youngster shape the developing brain. 

Professor Pasco Fearon (centre) and Professor Alissa Goodman (right), accompanied Kate on a tour of the library of the university's centre for longitudinal studies

Professor Pasco Fearon (centre) and Professor Alissa Goodman (right), accompanied Kate on a tour of the library of the university’s centre for longitudinal studies

Kate (pictured, alongside Professor Pasco Fearon) wanted to learn more about the research being conducted at the School of Longitudinal Studies and find out about the studies of its leading researchers

Kate (pictured, alongside Professor Pasco Fearon) wanted to learn more about the research being conducted at the School of Longitudinal Studies and find out about the studies of its leading researchers 

Delighted students were seen recording the Duchess of Cambridge on their mobile phones as she walked past them during a tour of the university

Delighted students were seen recording the Duchess of Cambridge on their mobile phones as she walked past them during a tour of the university

Professor Alissa Goodman, who is the Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, spoke to Kate about the centre's main mission

Professor Alissa Goodman, who is the Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, spoke to Kate about the centre’s main mission

Students and teachers watched on as Kate walked down the corridor at UCL, alongside Professor Pasco Fearon (centre) and Professor Alissa Goodman (right)

Students and teachers watched on as Kate walked down the corridor at UCL, alongside Professor Pasco Fearon (centre) and Professor Alissa Goodman (right)

The Duchess of Cambridge was shown around the university's library by Professor Pasco Fearon, who studies socio-emotional development and risks of psychopathology

The Duchess of Cambridge was shown around the university’s library by Professor Pasco Fearon, who studies socio-emotional development and risks of psychopathology

Kate, who has a special interest in early years child development, engaged in conversation with Professor Fearcon

Kate, who has a special interest in early years child development, engaged in conversation with Professor Fearcon 

Kate, a mother-of-three, took part in a presentation on child development during her visit to UCL's Centre for Longitudinal Studies this morning

Kate, a mother-of-three, took part in a presentation on child development during her visit to UCL’s Centre for Longitudinal Studies this morning 

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