Big Ben to be renamed after Queen

Clock tower to be renamed Elizabeth Tower in honour of the Queen's diamond jubilee

A while ago we ran the story 'Big Ben to be renamed?' in which it was first proposed for Big Ben to be renamed. Well, it's now been decided that it WILL be renamed.

The tower is currently named St Stephen's Tower, most famously known as Big Ben or The Clock Tower, but its to be renamed Elizabeth Tower in honour of the Queen's diamond jubilee.

The change comes after dozens of MPs signed up to a campaign to change the name of the tower.

A spokesperson said: "The House of Commons Commission welcomed the proposal to rename the Clock Tower Elizabeth Tower in recognition of HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and will arrange for this decision to be implemented in an appropriate manner in due course."

According to the Reuters, Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the name change. "The renaming of the Clock Tower to the Elizabeth Tower is a fitting recognition of the Queen's 60 years of service. This is an exceptional tribute to an exceptional monarch," he said.

The change mirrors an honour bestowed on Queen Victoria, the only other British monarch to celebrate a diamond jubilee back in 1897, who gives her name to the other tower at the west end of parliament.

The announcement on Tuesday followed four days of celebrations earlier this month to mark 86-year-old Queen's Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.

However, many Britons were opposed to the tower name change. A YouGov poll last month found almost half opposed proposals to rename the Clock Tower, and only 30% supported the idea.

What do you think of the name change? Are you for or against it?

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