The Queen’s biggest regret filmed for The Crown – here’s what really happened
STARS of Netflix’s The Crown have been spotted recreating the Queen’s visit to the Aberfan disaster, described as the monarch’s biggest regret after she drew fury from the public for an apparent lack of support.
The tragedy saw 144 people including 116 children killed when coal waste crashed down a mountain into Pantglas Junior School.
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The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Welsh village the day after the disaster, which happened on October 21 1966. But the Queen drew criticism for not attending herself.
She only arrived eight days after the tragedy, and the Queen’s private secretary Lord Charteris has previously said that the monarch’s failure to visit earlier was her biggest regret.
Lord Charteris also revealed it was a rare time that the Queen made a mistake.
When asked if the monarch had ever put a foot wrong, he responded: “Aberfan”.
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The Queen travelled to Aberfan with Prince Philip on October 29.
Black and white photos show the Queen looking sombre during the emotional visit as she met with villagers.
So much is the Queen’s remorse, she has returned to the village a number of times since October 1966.
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In 2012 the Queen opened Ynysowen Community Primary School in Aberfan.
And in 2016 on the 50th anniversary of the disaster, Prince Charles visited the village and delivered a message from the Queen.
The monarch’s message said: “As you come together as a community today to mark fifty years since the dreadful events of Friday 21st October 1966, I want you to know that you are in my own and my family’s thoughts, as well as the thoughts of the nation.
“We will all be thinking about the 144 people who died – most of them children between the ages of seven and ten – and the hundreds more who have lived with the shock and grief of that day, summed up by one poet who said simply, ‘All the elements of tragedy are here’.
“I well remember my own visit with Prince Philip after the disaster, and the posy I was given by a young girl, which bore the heart-breaking inscription, ‘From the remaining children of Aberfan’.
“Since then, we have returned on several occasions and have always been deeply impressed by the remarkable fortitude, dignity and indomitable spirit that characterises the people of this village and the surrounding valleys.
“On this saddest of anniversaries, I send my renewed good wishes to you all.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK