Funeral of Benjamin Disraeli at Hughenden, 26 April 1880
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Dimensions:3447 x 4821 px | 29.2 x 40.8 cm | 11.5 x 16.1 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:21 July 2018
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Illustration by Henry Marriott Paget (1857-1936) from Cassell's Century Edition History of England, pub circa 1901. Info from wiki: Disraeli's executors decided against a public procession and funeral, fearing that too large crowds would gather to do him honour. The chief mourners at the service at Hughenden on 26 April were his brother Ralph and nephew Coningsby, to whom Hughenden would eventually pass. Queen Victoria was prostrated with grief, and considered ennobling Ralph or Coningsby as a memorial to Disraeli (without children, his titles became extinct with his death) but decided against it on the ground that their means were too small for a peerage. Protocol forbade her attending Disraeli's funeral (this would not be changed until 1965, when Elizabeth II attended the rites for the former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill) but she sent primroses ("his favourite flowers") to the funeral, and visited the burial vault to place a wreath of china blooms four days later