The most popular parliament clock tower of Britain, the Big Ben is set to be called by a brand new name. And it will be no other than the name of the Queen Elizabeth who recently celebrated her Diamond Jubilee on the throne.
The decision to change its name is the result of the campaign of a dozen lawmakers who petitioned for the tower's name change into the Elizabeth Tower. Its original name, 'Big Ben' was based technically on the huge bell found on top of the tower that measures 316 feet. It is considered to be one of the most beloved tourist attractions in London.
According to a spokesman from the House of Commons Commission, the implementation will be done in the most appropriate manner in perfect timing. But lawmakers agree that on the colloquial level, it will still be recognized by many as the Big Ben. It will continue to sound out sounds of bongs for Central London's time.
The representative of Prime Minister David Cameron said that the name change of the tower is the best way to pay tribute to the reign of the Queen. It serves her right to receive such huge honour for all the service that she has done for the country.
Stories Behind The Naming Of The Big Ben
There are two known stories of how the name Big Ben came to be. First, it was taken from the name of the engineer of the tower who was Benjamin Hall. He inscribed his name right on the bell.
On another note, others are saying that it was named after a champion heavyweight boxer during the 1850s. He was Ben Caunt.
The entire Britain celebrated the Jubilee for four days right at the start of June. It included the 1000-boat pageant right on River Thames plus a concert at the Buckingham Palace graced by numerous celebrities.
The Queen together with Prince Philip is in Northern Ireland to continue the Jubilee nationwide tour with the rest of the royals travelling around the world.