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Big Ben goes into operationOn May 31, 1859, the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster, commonly known as Big Ben, began operation. The nickname, referring to the bell inside the tower, was officially named the Elizabeth Tower to celebrate the queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012.

Big Ben goes into operation
On May 31, 1859, the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster, commonly known as Big Ben, began operation. The nickname, referring to the bell inside the tower, was officially named the Elizabeth Tower to celebrate the queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012.


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