Elizabeth Tower naming ceremony

14 September 2012

Following the House of Commons Commission’s decision in June that the Clock Tower should be renamed the Elizabeth Tower, House of Commons Speaker Rt Hon John Bercow MP unveiled a new name plaque to mark the change at a short ceremony on Speaker’s Green on Wednesday 12 September.

The House of Commons Commission welcomed the proposal to rename the Clock Tower Elizabeth Tower in recognition of HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

At the official naming ceremony at the foot of the tower, Mr Speaker said, it was a "special and heart-warming" occasion, adding that,

"Everyone here present will speedily recall that Her Majesty the Queen has visited Parliament on no fewer than three occasions in this, a very special year, and it is a mark and symbol of the enormous affection and esteem in which Her Majesty is held by people of all political persuasions and none that this renaming has taken place."

Tobias Ellwood, MP for Bournemouth East, originally proposed the idea of naming the Clock Tower in an Early Day Motion.

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