Primrose Day in the UK Date in the current year: April 19, 2016

Primrose Day in the UK Primrose Day is an unofficial observance held in Great Britain on April 19. It commemorates the anniversary of death of Benjamin Disraeli who twice served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Benjamin Disraeli served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for several months in 1868 and then again from 1874 to 1880. Disraeli is known for having played a pivotal role in the establishment of the contemporary Conservative party. He is also remembered for his passionate speeches (although his maiden speech was laughed at) and influential voice in international affairs.

Disraeli died on April 19, 1881. The funeral was private as Disraeli's executors were afraid a public procession would gather too large crowds. Queen Victoria did not attend the funeral because the protocol forbade her to do so. However, she sent a wreath of primroses to the funeral with a note stating that the primrose was his favorite flower.

Primrose Day is not an official holiday in Great Britain, but it is a good occasion to honor the renowned British statesman. On April 19, some people wear primroses to pay tribute to Disraeli. The statue of Disraeli in Parliament Square, London is sometimes decorated with primroses as well.

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