Prince of Wales continues his summer tour of Wales with visit to National Mining Memorial

The royal couple visited the Senghenydd mining memorial Photo: ITV News Wales

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have paid tribute to the country's coal mining past, as they continued their summer tour of Wales.

They laid a wreath at the National Mining Memorial in Senghenydd, as the old colliery hooter echoed around the valley.

The Prince of Wales laid a wreath at the Welsh National Mining Memorial Credit: ITV News Wales

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As part of his visit Prince Charles spoke to some of the relatives of those involved in the mining disaster.

Gwyneth Smart lost her grandfather in the incident. She said it was 'very moving' to have the Prince of Wales visit the memorial.

He asked about relatives that I had lost in the explosion and I told him that my grandfather and three others beside my grandfather so we have four bricks on this wall from the family. Very moving. Extremely moving. As moving as it was the day when this was opened.

– Gwyneth Smart, Granddaughter of Senghenydd victim

The couple went on to open the newly re-located Aber Valley Heritage Museum before attending separate engagements in Usk.