Big Ben is Really Large Liz
The iconic Clock Tower of Britain’s Parliament–widely, though incorrectly, known as Big Ben–is being renamed in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, authorities revealed Tuesday, June 26.
The 315-foot (96-meter)-high structure, one of Britain’s most iconic and recognizable landmarks, will now be formally known as Elizabeth Tower following a campaign by lawmakers to mark the monarch’s 60 years on the throne.
A House of Commons Commission statement said arrangements were being made for the “decision to be implemented in an appropriate manner in due course.
”The tower was completed in 1858. It houses a four-faced chiming clock and the famed 13.5 ton Big Ben bell. Over the years, people began calling the whole tower Big Ben.
Prime Minister David Cameron, who backed the campaign for a change, said the new name was a “fitting tribute to the queen and the service she has given our country.”
Opposition chief Ed Miliband, head of Britain’s Labour Party, said the honor “rightly recognized Queen Elizabeth’s lifetime of dedication and tireless service.”
I hate to break the news to you blokes across the pond, but it’s a little late to get the world to recognize an international landmark by a new name, however deserved. Do you really want tourists asking for directions to “Lizzie’s Big Tower?” I’m just sayin… — R.L.