This day is in honour of Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield who twice served as Prime Minister and who died on 19 April 1881.
The primrose was Disraeli’s favourite flower. Queen Victoria would often send him bunches of primroses and violets from Windsor and Osborne, the latter being her palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight. Disraeli, in his acknowledgements would generally single out the primrose, describing it as an ‘ambassador of spring for special admiration.’
After his death, the primrose would become the emblem of his modern conservative principles. It was worn by members of the Primrose League formed in 1893 to perpetuate his Conservative values and reach out to new voters.