The Spirit of Chartwell, the ship carrying Queen Elizabeth II and members of the royal family, passes under Jubilee Bridge as Big Ben and Parliament stand behind during the River Pageant of the Diamond Jubilee on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend’s celebrations. The Queen, along with all members of the royal family, will participate in a River Pageant with a flotilla of a 1,000 boats accompanying them down the Thames, a star studded free concert at Buckingham Palace and a carriage procession and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
(NHK) — The clock tower of Britain’s parliament, home to Big Ben, will be renamed Elizabeth Tower to honor the queen’s 60th anniversary on the throne.
A House of Commons commission said on Tuesday it would accept a motion by a group of cross-party lawmakers to rename the Clock Tower in recognition of Queen Elizabeth the Second’s Diamond Jubilee.
The commission said it would begin arrangements to officially change the name.
The tower at the Palace of Westminster, built in 1859, is a popular landmark for tourists.
The parliament building has another tower that was renamed Victoria Tower in the 19th century to honor Queen Victoria’s reign of more than 60 years. (*)
SOURCE : NHK
Posted Thursday, June 28, 2012