Queen Elizabeth II may not be the wealthiest person in Great Britain, be she soon will receive a very special gift to honor her 60th year on the throne.
One of the world’s most famous landmarks, the Clock Tower, will be renamed Elizabeth Tower. That may not seem like a big deal if you aren’t aware of the nickname that has been affectionately bestowed upon the tower for decades — Big Ben.
Since change of any kind is sometimes difficult to take, not everyone is thrilled about the tower’s new name, Reuters reports. But Prime Minister David Cameron does support renaming the iconic landmark, which also is part of Britain’s Houses of Parliament.
“The renaming of the Clock Tower to the Elizabeth Tower is a fitting recognition of the Queen’s 60 years of service, Cameron told the news service. “This is an exceptional tribute to an exceptional monarch.”
Milestone wise, 2012 is a big year for the royal family. Not only does it mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, but Prince William celebrated his 30th birthday last week. September also will bring to mind a non-celebratory event: the 15-year anniversary of the beloved Princess Diana’s death.