UK lawmakers want to rename Big Ben after Queen Elizabeth


LONDON, England – British lawmakers want to rename one of London’s most famous landmarks — known to tourists around the world as “Big Ben” — after Queen Elizabeth II, for her Diamond Jubilee.

The Queen marks 60 years on the throne in 2012, and politicians believe that naming St. Stephen’s Tower, the clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, in her honor would be a fitting tribute to her years of service.

“Not many kings and queens have served for such a long time,” Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, who is leading the renaming campaign, said. “Only two have celebrated their Diamond Jubilee — Queen Elizabeth II, and Queen Victoria.

“The other tower at the Palace of Westminster is named in honour of Queen Victoria; the clock tower has lots of nicknames — Big Ben, St Stephen’s Tower, or just the Clock Tower — but no official name.