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Big Ben renamed

Actually it's the tower in which Big Ben sits that is being renamed from The Clock Tower to The Elizabeth Tower. See www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18592966

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At the risk of being identified as the second most boring person here:

Florence/Firenze, Rome/Roma, Japan/Nihon, and Côte d'Ivoire/Ivory Coast is simply a matter of names given in their names in English and in the original language, though the Ivorians somewhat eccentrically object to our using their country's name in an almost direct translation into our own language. Mumbai/Bombay was a political decision connected with the city's colonial history. Myanmar/Burma is a very political one as those who object to the current government argue that as that government is illegitimate it is not competent to change the country's name.

Big Ben/The Clock Tower is therefore not quite the same. One is its colloquial name, which is understood universally, even by people who pretend not to understand it, the other is an official name that is not widely used, though I suppose that "The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster" would identify it quite easily.

I suppose that raises the question, do we say "The Palace of Westminster" or "The Houses of Parliament". I opt for the former, as it describes the building rather than the political bodies meeting within its walls.

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I think this debate should be dropped. We all have our own opinions and have to accept the differences. Arguing about this issue won't help travellers and I don't understand why the subject got brought up in the first place.

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The tower is old and just sits there. Naming it after Elizabeth is fitting.

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ktowntravllr, if they re-named both the bell and the tower, that would make peiple even more determined to refer to it as "Big Ben". The reality being that people do not like to be told what to do by the powers that be.

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Naming it after Elizabeth is fitting.


Actually QE2 is the complete reverse, being still one of the busiest and active Royals at 86 as recent events have shown.

(Speaking as one who is Royal agnostic).

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I agree it is an appropriate change of name for that part of the building. After all the big tower at the other end is the Victoria Tower. Although I know that it is the bell that is Big Ben, personally I have always considered it to be the clock as well but not the tower.

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