The Queen visits Aberfan days after the 1966 disaster


Just a week after the Aberfan disaster, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the disaster area.

This was the most infamous coal disaster of the second half of the 20th century.

The disaster did not kill workers at the coalface, but instead, their children.

On 21 October 1966, waste from the Merthyr Vale colliery slid down the mountainside in Aberfan, swamping local Pantglas Junior school and killing 144 people, 116 of whom were children.

The Queen has returned to the village at times during her reign.

To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, we look back into the BBC Wales archives for some moments from the last 60 years and visits to Wales.

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