Big Ben's Home Gets New Name: Elizabeth Tower Renamed to mark Diamond Jubilee By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Jun 26, 2012 10:32 AM CDT 4 comments Comments Clock Tower, also known as 'Big Ben,' rises in front of the London Eye on March 22, 2012 in London, England. (Getty Images) (Newser) – Britain isn't finished celebrating the queen's 60 years on the throne. Now her name will be affixed to an international icon: the tower that houses Big Ben. Until now, its technical name had been simply the Clock Tower, though the name Big Ben is often used to refer to the whole structure, the BBC notes. David Cameron, his deputy Nick Clegg, and opposition leader Ed Miliband all back the move "in recognition of Her Majesty's 60 years of unbroken public service on behalf of her country."