The Palace of Westminster, by the River Thames, serves as the meeting place for both the House of Commons and the House of Lords
These lovely stamps mark 150 years since the completion of the ambitious rebuild of the Palace of Westminster following a catastrophic fire where most of the medieval buliding was destroyed. It features all 6 new Palace of Westminster stamps along with a stunning image of Big Ben along with our Big Ben, Westminster London postmark (30th July, 2020). It is available signed by Lord Cholmondeley, who is a direct descendent of the first Prime Minister of Great Britain.
- Palace of Westminster First Day Cover
- Featuring 6 new Palace of Westminister stamps
- With a stunning image of Big Ben
- And a Big Ben, Westminster London postmark (30th July, 2020)
- Featuring the following stamps:
- View from Old Palace Yard
- River Thames View
- Elizabeth Tower
- Commons Chamber
- Central Lobby
- Lords Chamber
Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the striking clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower. The official name of the tower in which Big Ben is located was originally the Clock Tower; and renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The tower was renamed because the large west tower now known as Victoria Tower was renamed in tribute to Queen Victoria on her Diamond Jubilee. The Prime Minister at the time, David Cameron, announced the change of name on 12 September 2012 at the start of Prime Minister’s Questions. The change was marked by a naming ceremony in which the then Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, unveiled a name plaque attached to the tower on the adjoining Speaker’s Green.
On 21 August 2017, a four-year schedule of renovation works began on the tower, which are to include the addition of a lift. There are also plans to re-glaze and repaint the clock dials. With a few exceptions, such as New Year’s Eve and Remembrance Sunday, the bells are to be silent until the work is completed in 2021.