London visitors could be soon visiting the “Big Beth” instead of the Big Ben.
A group of British lawmakers are lobbying for the ability to name the clock tower at the Houses of Parliament as Elizabeth Tower, as a tribute for the Queen’s years of service to England. The “Big Ben” moniker itself actually refers to the bell inside the famous clock tower, not the name of the tower itself.
The renaming of the tower would commemorate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, just in time for the Diamond Jubilee in June. She will be one of only two monarchs have ever reached the pivotal reigning anniversary – Queen Victoria celebrated hers in 1897. In 1860, the east tower near the palace was named Victoria Tower.
Tobias Ellwood, the campaign’s leader, teased in an interview with CNN, “Of course, if it does go ahead it will mean that the next time a monarch reaches their 60th anniversary we’ll have to build another tower — but I don’t suppose we’ll have to worry about that for a while.”
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