'Elizabeth Tower' would add 'great tribute' to all the Diamond Jubilee celebrations
THE QUEEN'S Diamond Jubilee events have been finalised, but now it seems all the processions and pop stars could be topped by the naming of Big Ben after Her Majesty.
MPs have started a campaign to re-name one of London's most famous landmarks the Queen Elizabeth Tower, in recognition of "Her Majesty's 60 years of unbroken public service on behalf of her country", as they put it in a motion to the House of Commons.
The brainchild of Tory MP Tobias Ellwood, the plan has already been signed by 22 other members and has cross-party backing including from former Labour minister Jack Straw.
"I cannot think of a greater tribute for Parliament to bestow than to rename such an iconic landmark," said Ellwood.
Meanwhile, the line up for the big Diamond Jubilee weekend from 1-4 June has been confirmed.
On Friday 2 June, the Queen is to attend the Derby horse race at Epsom; on 3 June, there's the The Big Jubilee Lunch, an appearance by the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace and the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, while Monday 4 June sees the big pop concert outside the palace featuring stars like Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCarteny, all under the charge of Gary Barlow.