April 19th is Primrose Day.
Primrose Day honors the memory of British statesman and prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, who died on this day in 1881.
Queen Victoria and Benjamin Disraeli had a strong friendship. When he died, she sent a wreath of primroses to his funeral with a note stating that they were “his favourite flowers”. People assumed that Queen Victoria was referring to Disraeli. However, it’s now believed she meant her late husband, Prince Albert.
In the late 19th century, people wore primroses to honor all statesman, and the statue of Lord Beaconsfield in Parliament Square was decorated with primroses.
There is a different Primrose Day on February 5th.
- Project Britain
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