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London To Knock Down The Iconic Big Ben

London To Knock Down The Iconic Big Ben

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Originally completed in 1859, and added to the Palace of Westminster after its reconstruction (it was partly destroyed by fire in 1834), Big Ben has stood tall through both good and bad times London has faced. However, after tense discussion in parliament, the iconic Big Ben is scheduled to be knocked down on 22 April 2016, returning the Palace to its original structure.

London’s iconic clock tower will no longer put tourists in danger with its powerful chime, all the while ensuring tourists don’t find it necessary to get that perfect photograph. It was a tough decision to make, but parliament agreed to dismount this tower one day after the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday – which also happens to mark the first time a monarch turns to the young age of 90.

It has been reported that the reasoning behind this decision with the public forgetting Big Ben’s real name, which is the Elizabeth Tower, and honours the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II (renamed in 2012). The failure to honour the Queen thusly is starting to cause stress on the royal family, as the nickname ‘Big Ben’ only really refers to the Great Bell within the clock and the tower.

Furthermore, due to upcoming budget cuts, it seemed fitting for the clock tower to tick over to the River Thames, making the area surrounding the Palace of Westminster a quieter and safer place for locals to visit.