A proposal has been brought forth to rename the tower that houses the iconic “Big Ben” bell. In honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it will be named Elizabeth tower.
23 Conservative MPs have signed a motion requesting the name.
The west tower, or Sovereign’s entrance, is named after Queen Victoria, the only other monarch to reach 60 years on the throne.
Charles and Camilla’s Scandinavian Tour
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s tour through Scandinavia has been a success. The royal couple chopped wood and learned campfire songs form Norwegian children; Prince Charles tried his hand at basketball in Stockholm; and the Duchess of Cornwall was given a tour of the set for “The Killing”, a Danish drama series. They even got to visit Kronborg Castle, the setting for William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet.
Though fun was had, the pair took their Diamond Jubilee tour seriously. They were hosted by kings and queens, fostering close ties between Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the United Kingdom.
Queen Sends Tonga Condolences
Her Majesty sent her condolences to the new King of Tonga, following the death of his father, King George (Siaosi) Tupou V. The king died last Sunday in Hong Kong.
The Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, attended the funeral on Tuesday. The Duke represented the Queen at King George Tupou’s coronation in 2008.
The Prince praised the “staggering determination” of the men from the Walking With the Wounded charity who fly from Heathrow today to begin their climb, saying: “Their courage defies words.”
Last year the Prince, 27, joined amputees on the first stage of their successful fund-raising trek to the North Pole. He had also hoped to visit the group’s base camp on Everest, but will be unable to because of his training commitments with the Army Air Corps.