Clock Tower to be renamed Elizabeth Tower

26 June 2012

The House of Commons Commission has welcomed the proposal to rename the Clock Tower, which houses the Great Clock of Westminster, the Elizabeth Tower.

Elizabeth Tower

The Clock Tower, housing Big Ben, will be renamed the Elizabeth Tower in recognition of Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The House of Commons Commission made the decision at its 25 June meeting. The renaming will take place in an appropriate manner in due course.

The Victoria Tower

The Victoria Tower is the tallest tower in the Palace of Westminster. Originally it was called the King's Tower as construction began during the reign of William IV but was renamed after Queen Victoria. It was for many years the tallest and largest stone square tower in the world.

Further information about the Clock Tower and Big Ben can be found on the Living Heritage pages on the Parliament website. You can also take a virtual tour of the Clock Tower.

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