May 22 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The Parliament tower that houses Big Ben is to change its name in honour of the Queen to the Elizabeth Tower, drop its colloquial name - the Clock Tower.
It follows a campaign in the House of Commons which drew the support of all three major party leaders and most MPs.
Proposed to mark the diamond jubilee of the queen, it was the brainchild of Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood.
In an Early Day Motion, Mr Ellwood called for the re-naming, “in recognition of Her Majesty’s 60 years of unbroken public service on behalf of her country.”
The House of Commons Commission agreed yesterday (June 25) that the tower should be re-named.
“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.”
Towers at the Palace of Westminster have been re-named before in honour of monarchs with longevity.
In 1860 the West Tower was re-named after Queen Victoria – the only monarch before Elizabeth II to reign for 60 years.