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London´s Clock Tower Housing "Big Ben" to Become "The Elizabeth Tower"

 

One of the most famous buildings in the world, the clock tower in London often referred to as "Big Ben", is to be renamed "The Elizabeth Tower" in honor of the queen´s diamond jubilee.

The name change was proposed by Conservative Member of Parliament Tobias Ellwood. "I am extremely pleased that colleagues from across the House, both front and back bench, have supported this initiative," Ellwood explained.

The bell inside the tower will continue to be known colloquially as Big Ben.

 
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I don´t know how the Brits feel about this. That tower has been "Big Ben" forever and is a world landmark. Shouldn´t it have the word "Queen" in front of Elizabeth to show respect?
 
  by: Lurker     06/27/2012 04:19 PM     
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It’s the London clock tower and it contains big ben (the clock only). The Tower will become the Elizabeth tower containing big ben.

Adding Queen makes it more about the position than the person, this particular accolade is for the Person.
 
  by: veya_victaous     06/28/2012 01:15 AM     
  @lurker  
 
i´m still upset about the Willis Tower
 
  by: groomsy     06/28/2012 06:00 AM     
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Whatever do you mean? The only tower I know of is the Sears tower. Stop fabricating names.
 
  by: H. W. Hutchins   06/28/2012 12:09 PM     
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The tower is currently called the Albert Tower, though most people think it is called Big Ben. Big Ben is and always has been the name of the bell that strikes the hours. Renaming the tower is no big deal.
 
  by: ianlake   07/07/2012 09:50 PM     
   
 
We Americans are ignorant about other countries´ landmarks sometimes. Thanks for straitening me out.
 
  by: Lurker     07/08/2012 04:37 PM     
 
 
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