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Primrose Day 2017

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Following the death of Benjamin Disraeli, Lord Beaconsfield, in 1881 the Primrose League was established in 1883 to commemorate his work and promote his political ideas.  On the anniversary of his death, 19 April, supporters wore primroses (Primula vulgaris) and primroses were placed on memorials to him.

On 19 April 2017 Hughenden Manor, Disraeli’s home  in Buckinghamshire, was visited to find out to what extent Primrose Day lingers on.  Although there are pictures on the internet of Disraeli’s grave in St Michael and All Angels churchyard planted with primroses, at present it is planted with a rather ordinary selection of common garden plants.  A few, apparently wild, primroses grow on another grave in the churchyard.  The Disraeli memorial inside the church was undecorated.

In the Manor house, now owned by the National Trust a basket of primrose plants was placed near a statuette of Disraeli, and in a poorly-lit cabinet in the same room there was what appeared to be the bunch of primroses which Queen Victoria sent to Disraeli’s funeral.

Later in the day Parliament Square, in Westminster, was visited; the Disraeli statue there was undecorated.

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