The Prince of Wales in Aberfan on October 21st 2016
(photo Clarence House Instagram)
It was one of the saddest days in British history and today the Prince of Wales joined millions of people across the UK in remembering those who died at Aberfan. Prince Charles travelled to the Welsh village to join commemorations on the fiftieth anniversary of the tragedy which claimed 144 lives. The prince came to mourn and to mark one of the worst disasters to affect Wales.
The Prince of Wales visited the Aberfan Memorial Garden which is dedicated to the 116 children and 28 adults who died on October 21st 1966 when a mountain of coal waste slid down a hill and engulfed Pantglas Primary School and nearby houses. The disaster happened at 9.15 and today a minute's silence was held at that exact time.
Prince Charles looked deeply moved as he delivered his mother's message and as he gave his own speech at a reception held in the village today where he told those present that 'Aberfan showed the world the darkest sorrow but also the most shining selflessness: a spirit which endured not just for the time of crisis, but for a lifetime.' This act of royal remembrance highlights why Aberfan will never be forgotten.