Big Ben is to be renamed the Elizabeth Tower to honor the Queen for her Diamond Jubilee

By on Jun 27, 2012 in Europe, Lifestyle Comments

Big Ben tower in London is now to be officially renamed the Elizabeth Tower to honor the Queen, after the House of Commons authorities have reportedly agreed the name change upon a renaming request was earlier supported by the majority of MPs.

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According to British news sites on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, the House of Commons has confirmed the renaming of the famous Big Ben tower, also known as ‘The Clock Tower‘, to the Elizabeth Tower, weeks after the start of celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, or 60 years of holding the British majestic throne.

As noted in reports, the House of Commons Commission said it welcomed the proposal to rename the tower and will arrange for this decision to be implemented in an appropriate manner in due course; with the idea of renaming the Big Ben tower first suggested by Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood.

“Commemorating an iconic landmark as famous as Parliament is indeed a truly exceptional tribute and I am grateful that the majority of MPs believe the Queen deserves such an outstanding accolade.” Ellwood was quoted at Daily Mail, whose idea was backed by 331 MPs including Prime Minister David Cameron.

Nevertheless, MPs accepted that it will continue to be known colloquially as Big Ben, the name of the famous bell it houses, and noted that the tower itself should carry the name of Queen Elizabeth II, who was crowned on June 2, 1953, after her father King George VI passed away on February 6, 1952.

Apparently, the earlier proposal has been controversial and caused a huge debate on social networking sites such as Twitter, when a lot of people misunderstood the idea and thought that the name of Big Ben will be changed, in which it was later cleared that it is only the 316-foot tower that will be renamed.

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