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The Prince of Wales has planted a tree in the Aberfan Memorial Garden, on the 50th anniversary of the coalslide disaster that claimed 144 lives.
The Prince planted a sweet gum tree next to one planted by the Queen in 1997.
Prince Charles has delivered a personal message from the Queen in which she pays tribute to the "indomitable spirit" of the people of Aberfan on the 50th anniversary of the coalslide disaster that claimed 144 lives.
Her Majesty also made reference to the poet who wrote that "all the elements of tragedy are here" after attending the devastated Welsh village.
Prince Charles has arrived in Aberfan to pay his respects, 50 years since the disaster which claimed the lives of 116 children and 28 adults.
He visited the Aberfan Memorial Garden on the site of the former Pantglas Junior School, before attending a reception with some of the families of those who lost their lives.
The pupils of Afon Taf High School, in Merthyr Tydfil, held a special service to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster this morning.
After a morning assembly, the children laid 144 yellow roses in the River Taff - one for every child and adult who perished in the disaster 50 years ago today.
A minute's silence has been held at the site of the school devastated by the Aberfan disaster, which killed 116 schoolchildren and 28 adults 50 years ago.
ITV News Wales Correspondent Rupert Evelyn witnessed the anniversary tribute at the site of Pantglas Junior School at 9.15am.
The Prince of Wales will visit Aberfan today to mark 50 years since the Aberfan disaster, when 144 people were killed by a coal tip which collapsed onto the small mining village.
Prince Charles will visit the memorial garden.
Her Majesty The Queen visited the village shortly after the disaster in 1966, and spoke to the parents of children who had died.
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The Queen has paid tribute to the spirit and dignity of the people of Aberfan, 50 years since the disaster which killed 116 children.
Wales has fallen silent to mark the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, which cost the lives of 116 schoolchildren.