What’s the name of that big tower at the Palace of Westminster? You know, the one you see pictured here.
Many of you will be no doubt be thinking “that’s easy… it’s Big Ben” but any pub quiz aficianado will already know that ‘Big Ben’ in fact refers to the bell, and neither the tower nor the clock.
Some of you therefore will be saying, “ah… I know this one… it’s not Big Ben… it is in fact known as the Clock Tower”. Well… you’d be right for now… but not for much longer, because the tower is in fact going to be re-named.
The tower will soon be known as Elizabeth Tower, it has been announced today, in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
“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,” a spokesman said.
It is a fitting decision since the tower at the west end of the Palace of Westminster is known as Victoria Tower, in honour of Queen Victoria, the only other British monarch to have served 60 years on the throne.