Large Liz? Tower housing Big Ben to get a new name

Large Liz? Tower housing Big Ben to get a new name

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Clock Tower, also known as 'Big Ben,' rises in front of the London Eye on March 22, 2012 in London, England. A full rotation of the giant Ferris wheel, the largest of it's kind in Europe, takes 30 minutes and rises to a height of 135 metres. On a clear day one can see for 40km from the top. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 27 at 4:41 PM

LONDON (AP) — 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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