The Queen was moved when she visited Aberfan - deeply - as reported at the time and regularly commented on by the people who meet her there. There was also no conflict about her going. She wanted to go but she also didn't want to 'get in the way of the rescuers'. She was fully aware that her visit would focus security and everyone else on her and she didn't want that to be the case if there was a chance that someone else could be rescued.
This is one of the reasons why I stopped watching The Crown - it is largely fiction using real people's names as characters. Sadly many people think it is a documentary or docudrama rather than a fictional account using real people and real events as a backdrop for the story line.
Although the Aberfan episode was really well done from an entertainment/production perspective, I agree that the way the Queen was portrayed was almost libelous.
But, thatís my issue with this season. Itís veered way off into unbelievable land with a lot of issues. Itís sloppy as all get out.
You both said exactly what I think. Though I enjoy the show it makes me cringe when the writers mess up easy facts, like the date of Churchill's death, and it just makes me roll my eyes. It feels like they are rushing through time in this season too.
I felt they missed an easy score by not covering the unveiling of Queen Mary's memorial at Marlborough House in 1967. It was the first public event that the Duke & Duchess of Windsor were invited to (the only one, as it turned out) and the Duchess refused to curtsey to the Queen Mother. It would have made a great episode and a great lead into the Queen's visiting the Duke in France & DoW's death.