Olivia Colman recreates iconic Queen visit to Aberfan following 1966 disaster during Netflix's The Crown filming

Historic scenes of the Queen visiting the Welsh village of Aberfan following the 1966 disaster which claimed the lives of 144 people have been recreated during filming for the Netflix series The Crown.

Actress Olivia Colman filmed the scenes in a small village in a dramatised retelling of her most tragic royal visit.

She was seen exiting a small terraced house flanked by police officers and mourning villagers dressed in black.

Credit: Wales News Service

Colman is dressed in an fur-lined coat with matching hat and clutching a black leather handbag and bouquet of flowers.

116 children lost their lives when a slag tip gave way on a hillside behind Pantglas Junior School Credit: PA Archive

The Queen travelled to the mining village of Aberfan, south Wales, days after a colliery waste tip collapsed onto Pantglas Junior School on October 21, 1966.

The Queen also visited the village in 1973 seven years after the mining disaster Credit: National Library of Wales Archive

A total of 144 people - including 116 children - died in the tragedy on the last day before half term.

Credit: National Library of Wales archive

The Queen met with villagers after the disaster, including parents and children whose family members had been killed.

The Queen met with villagers following the disaster Credit: National Library of Wales archive

One onlooker who saw the filming, said: "It was all very dignified, Olivia Colman is clearly taking her role very seriously.

"There was a very sombre mood. I think everyone involved in the production realises what an awful tragedy Aberfan was."

Former Broadchurch actress Colman is taking over the role as Queen from Claire Foy for the latest series of the drama.

The scene are not being shot in Aberfan itself, but in the nearby village of Cwmaman.

Photos taken in Cwmaman, near Aberdare, South Wales, also show actors carrying funeral wreaths through the streets.

Tobias Menzies was also spotted riding in a Rolls Royce in his role as Prince Phillip.