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The Crown: Season 3, Episode 3: Aberfan

The Crown historical drama television series chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s in a set of stories told in each episode with varying degrees of historical accuracy. Selected below are contemporary images from the Collection of some of the individuals portrayed within each episode.

Season 3, Episode 3: Aberfan
A heartbreaking episode covering the Aberfan disaster in October 1966. 109 children from a local junior school were amongst the 144 lives lost when an avalanche of coal waste devastated the mining village in South Wales. Prince Philip, Lord Snowdon and later the Queen visited Aberfan, set against a subplot where Harold Wilson and the Labour Party were blamed for the National Coal Board, under the Chairmanship of Lord Robens, not taking responsibility.

Season 3, Episode 1: OldingSeason 3, Episode 2: MargaretologySeason 3, Episode 3: AberfanSeason 3, Episode 4: Bubbikins

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Queen Elizabeth II
by Yousuf Karsh
2 August 1966
NPG P1562

Lord Snowdon
by Cecil Beaton
July 1965
NPG x35959

Harold Wilson
by Ruskin Spear
NPG x137578

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