Big Ben to Be Silenced on Wednesday

4.16.2013

By OUTTraveler Editors

London's iconic chimes will go quiet in honor of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

London's Big Ben, now called the Elizabeth Tower, will be silenced on Wednesday while former prime minister Margaret Thatcher is laid to rest, the BBC reports. This will be the first time the iconic chimes, which are among London’s most famous sounds and most popular tourist attractions, have been silenced for a funeral since 1965, in honor of Winston Churchill.

Thatcher, who was one of the country’s most popular and polarizing prime ministers, died on April 8 at age 87. She was also known for her antigay positions, as seen in the video below.

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