Carol of the Bells
Few landmarks are more iconic than London’s Big Ben clocktower.
Completed in 1859, the actual structure was formerly known as the “Clock Tower” before being renamed “Elizabeth Tower” in 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Described as “the prince of timekeepers: the biggest, most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world,” we of course know and love the icon simply as Big Ben.
Whenever Big Ben is stopped or delayed for work or repairs, London feels all the more empty without the clock’s familiar chiming and bonging. As as the landmark needs to undergo some work at the start of 2017, locals are already preparing to feel its absence for a time.
But one little girl, an eight-year-old named Phoebe, had a plan. If nothing else warms your heart this holiday season, this sure will!