(LONDON) — Old habits die hard, so it’s anyone’s guess whether Londoners can call the clock tower of Britain’s parliament anything but Big Ben.
They may not have much of a choice since it’s been renamed Elizabeth Tower by the House of Commons in a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II as Britain continues to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.
Members of parliament say the honor is “in recognition of Her Majesty’s 60 years of unbroken public service on behalf of her country.”
“Big Ben” actually refers to the bell in the clock tower, but people in London — and everywhere else for that matter — have called the whole thing by that name for as long as anyone can remember.
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