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August 23, 2017

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London’s name game

London’s Big Ben clock tower has been renamed in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. And while we think that “Big Beth” has a nice ring to it, Parliament’s decorative neo-Gothic tower will henceforth be known as… Elizabeth Tower. (The announcement was made at the end of June, but no official renaming has yet been scheduled.)

The royal family’s popularity has certainly surged within the last little while (thanks in part to Will and Kate, no doubt), but still many Britons are said to be opposed to renaming a landmark that dates to 1859. This, despite the fact that it’s still unclear who the tower’s bell is named after: Sir Benjamin Hall, a public works commissioner, or Ben Caunt, a heavyweight boxing champ?! For a free tour of the tower that ascends the 334 spiral steps to the top, go to www.parliament.uk/visiting/visiting-and-tours/ukvisitors/bigben.

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