In London, Primrose Day honors Benjamin Disraeli, who was known to be Queen Victoria’s friend. It was known that the Queen often gave him bunches of primrose. During the time of his funeral, a wreath of primroses with a note from Queen Victoria stated that primrose was his favorite flower, thus naming the same day after the said flower. Will you also name a special day after a flower for a dear friend?
When is Primrose Day 2017
Primrose Day 2017 is on April 19, 2017, a Wednesday.
Primrose Day is celebrated yearly on the 19th day of April.
Primrose Day Origin
A friendship that was built out of common interest of having love for their country (patriotism) was the reason why Primrose Day is considered a special day in London. Benjamin Disraeli is remembered for his refinement of working and housing conditions and was also a novelist. Disraeli having known as a Prime Minister to Queen Victoria in 1868 and again from 1874-1880, was also the Queen’s friend. He tagged Queen Victoria as the Queen of India in 1876 and to show appreciation of the kind gesture, she made him Earl of Beaconsfield in the same year. Disraeli was the first if not the only Jewish Prime Minister by far.
During Disraeli’s death on April 19, 1881, Queen Victoria, who was said to be sending bunches of primrose for him when he was still alive, gave a wreath of primroses with a note that said it was his favorite flower; thus, marking the same date as Primrose Day. The phrase “his favorite flowers” from the said note was later on perceived by people as referring to her late husband, Prince Albert and not Disraeli.
How is Primrose Day celebrated?
To mark the death anniversary of Lord Beaconsfield Benjamin Disraeli, his bronze statue made by Mario Raggi in 1883, located in Parliament Square is decorated and showered with primroses yearly.
People also pay tribute to the said date by wearing primroses.
When is Primrose Day 2018
Primrose Day 2018 will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2018.