King Charles III meets families of Aberfan disaster 56 years after Queen visited village

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King Charles III and the Queen Consort met with the Aberfan Wives Club during a reception at the Banqueting Hall in Cardiff Castle as the monarch visited Wales. The couple discussed with the Wives the Aberfan disaster and Queen Elizabeth II’s visit a few days after the catastrophic collapse of the colliery spoil tip on 21 October 1966 that cost the lives of 116 children and 28 adults.

Denise Morgan from the Club said she believed the King would continue his “bond” with the people of Aberfan. Fellow member of the Aberfan Wives, Gloria Davies, said: “I don’t think they will have seen another side to him yet, but we have – he likes a bit of banter.”

The wives of Aberfan have said the late Queen “came at the right time” as they paid tribute to the “mother” who visited the disaster. Denise Morgan and Gloria Davies, members of the Aberfan Wives group, told the PA news agency the monarch had made “quite a bond” with the mining village.

The women had been invited to Cardiff Castle as the King and Queen Consort met military personnel and faith leaders during a reception as part of their final engagement in Wales on Friday.

Addressing the late Queen’s connection to Aberfan, Ms Morgan said: “In terms of the Queen, she visited Aberfan just after the disaster and four other times after that, I believe – each one for a different reason.

“We were fortunate to meet her on a number of occasions and I think throughout the years she has made quite a bond with Aberfan, particularly with the parents.”

The women said they believed Charles would change the monarchy to “make it a bit more modern”.

Asked if Charles would continue the relationship with the village, Ms Morgan: “He will continue that bond with Aberfan and the people of Aberfan – particularly the wives’ group.

“I think he’s going to change the monarchy and make it a bit more modern – because he’s that sort of person. He’s a people’s person as well.”

Ms Davies added: “I think he’s going to be a good King because people haven’t seen another side to him yet, but we have. He likes a bit of banter.”

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“Because she looked around and she could see the devastation and the look on people’s faces.

“I really do believe she came as a mother that day, to sympathise and empathise with the terrible tragedy that happened in Aberfan.”

Ms Davies added: “Everyone who was saying ‘she didn’t come to Aberfan’ – she came at the right time, she came at the right time.

“I think that’s shared by the whole of Aberfan.”



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