Big Ben to be renamed?

27th Mar 2012
Written by: Macca Sherifi

Big Ben to be renamed?

Big Ben is one of the most legendary landmarks in the world. It's up there with other iconic images such as Sydney's Opera House, Rome's Colosseum and Paris's Eiffel Tower, and when you think of Big Ben you think of London. Millions of backpackers and travellers come from all over the world just to see it. However, it may be about to be renamed.

MPs are bidding for St Stephen's Tower, most famously known as Big Ben or The Clock Tower, to have its name changed in honour of the Queen for her Diamond Jubilee.

Senior MPs are calling on Parliament's authorities to thank the Queen for her 60 years of service by renaming the landmark Elizabeth Tower (some are already calling it 'Big Beth').

The idea, which came from Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, has already been backed by Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem politicians including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Labour leader Ed Miliband and Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Mr Ellwood told the Daily Mail: "I cannot think of a greater tribute for Parliament to bestow on Her Majesty than to rename such an iconic landmark as the Clock Tower."

Former Home Secretary Jack Straw said: "I think it is a very fitting tribute to a monarch who has served the country so well."

In 1860, the west tower of the Palace of Westminster, originally called The King's Tower, was renamed the Victoria Tower to commemorate her long reign.

The Queen's jubilee will be celebrated on June 5 and will be marked with a series of events around the country celebrating her 60 years on the throne. Trust us, if you're planning on coming to the UK for you gap year, this summer is the time to do it.

What do you think of Big Ben being renamed Elizabeth Tower after the Queen? What would you call it instead?

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