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Big Ben to be formally renamed Elizabeth Tower

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FILE - This is a July 5, 2006 file photo of the London landmark Big Ben in London. The iconic Clock Tower of Britain's Parliament, better known though incorrectly as Big Ben, is being renamed in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, authorities said Tuesday June 26, 2012. One of Britain's most recognizable landmarks, the 315-foot (96-meter)-high structure will now formally be known as Elizabeth Tower following a campaign by lawmakers to mark the monarch's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

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Updated: June 27, 2012 5:03AM



LONDON — 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 said Tuesday.

The 315-foot (96-meter)-high structure, one of Britain’s most recognizable landmarks, will now formally be 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.”



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