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Wednesday
Jun272012

Famous London Clock Tower Renamed in Honor of Queen

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Old habits die hard, so it's anyone's guess whether Londoners can call the clock tower of Britain's parliament anything but Big Ben.

They may not have much of a choice since it's been renamed Elizabeth Tower by the House of Commons in a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II as Britain continues to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.

Members of parliament say the honor is "in recognition of Her Majesty's 60 years of unbroken public service on behalf of her country."

"Big Ben" actually refers to the bell in the clock tower, but people in London -- and everywhere else for that matter -- have called the whole thing by that name for as long as anyone can remember.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr282011

Royal Wedding: Schedule for Prince William, Kate Middleton's Big Day

Copyright 2010 Mario Testino(LONDON) -- The following schedule of royal wedding events is in Eastern Standard Time:

3:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m. -- The morning of April 29 will start with an announcement from the Queen's office stating the titles that Prince William and Kate Middleton will take.

3:15 a.m. -- General wedding guests will start showing up at Westminster Abbey. These guests will enter the church through the Great North Door.

4:50 a.m. -- VIPs, such as governors-general and prime ministers of countries under the Commonwealth of England, Diplomatic Corps and distinguished guests, arrive at Westminster Abbey. They will enter the church through the West Door.

5:10 a.m. -- Prince William and best man Prince Harry depart Clarence House.

5:15 a.m. -- Prince William and Prince Harry arrive at Westminster Abbey.

5:20 a.m. -- Members of foreign royal families, including Prince Albert of Monaco and Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain, arrive at the church.

5:20 a.m. -- Kate's mother, Carole Middleton, and brother, James Middleton, depart the Goring Hotel.

5:27 a.m. -- Carole and James Middleton arrive at Westminster Abbey.

5:30 a.m. -- Members of the royal family begin arriving at the Abbey.

5:38 a.m. -- Father of the groom, Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, depart Clarence House.

5:40 a.m. -- Prince Andrew (uncle of the groom) and his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie; Princess Anne (aunt of the groom), and her husband; and Prince Edward (uncle of the groom) and his wife arrive at Westminster Abbey and enter church through the West Door.

5:40 a.m. -- Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip depart Buckingham Palace.

5:40 a.m. -- Prince William and Prince Harry will move into St. Edmunds Chapel until moments before the royal wedding begins.

5:42 a.m. -- Prince Charles and Camilla arrive at the Abbey.

5:45 a.m. -- Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are the last guests to arrive at Westminster Abbey.

5:48 a.m. -- Kate's bridesmaids and William's pageboys depart the Goring Hotel.

5:51 a.m. -- Kate Middleton, accompanied by her father, will depart the Goring Hotel in a 1978 Rolls-Royce from the royal state car collection and make her way to Westminster Abbey.

5:55 a.m. -- Bridesmaids and pages arrive at the church.

5:58 a.m. -- The bride, Kate Middleton, who will be officially be known as Catherine, and her father Michael arrive at Westminster Abbey.

6 a.m. -- The ceremony begins. The service is set to last just over an hour and will include vows and a sermon delivered by the Bishop of London, private clergyman to the queen.

7:15 a.m. -- Prince William and the new Princess Catherine will depart Westminster Abbey, by carriage, and process to Buckingham Palace. The carriage carrying the bride and groom will be followed by 4 other carriages carrying their bridal party, parents and Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

7:30 a.m. -- The bride and groom arrive at the Grand Entrance of Buckingham Palace.

7:40 a.m. -- Members of the royal family, foreign royal families, and other reception guests begin arriving at Buckingham Palace.

8:25 a.m. -- The married couple reappear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace with the Queen and their families for 10 minutes.

8:30 a.m. -- The Royal Air Force, where Prince William serves as a search-and-rescue pilot, will perform a flyover.

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