Saturday, June 2, 2012

Big Liz? London's Famed Clock To Be Renamed after Queen Elizabeth

Parliamentary officials in Great Britain have signed on for a petition to re-name London's famous clock Big Ben in honor of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee this year.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron, as well as Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband are among senior figures from all political parties who have backed the proposal to rename the clock the Elizabeth Tower. A total of 331 MPs have now signed up to the campaign.

The campaign is similar to an honor bestowed upon beloved Queen Victoria, who is the only other monarch to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee, which marks 60 years of rule. 

Big Ben is the nickname for the Clock Tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster on the River Thames in the heart of London. Long the very symbol of the city of London as well as the entire UK, the tower was constructed in 1858, after most of the former parliament building was destroyed in a fire. 

The UK Parliament's governing body, the House of Commons, is expected to meed by the end of June to officially adopt the name change for the world-famous tower. It is anticipated that the Clock Tower will be renamed the Elizabeth Tower, but it is expected to still be known colloquially by its nickname, Big Ben.  

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