LONDON – Britain has renamed a large chunk of icy waste in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Foreign Office says a 169,000-sq. mile (437,000-sq. kilometer) section of the British Antarctic Territory has been renamed Queen Elizabeth Land to mark the queen's 60 years on the throne.
The announcement was made as the 86-year-old monarch visited the Foreign Office in London on Tuesday. It is the last official engagement of her Diamond Jubilee year.
Queen Elizabeth Land covers about a third of the Antarctic territory claimed by Britain in 1908.
Several other countries also lay claim to parts of the uninhabited continent, which is regulated by an international treaty,
The new name will feature on British maps, but other countries will decide for themselves whether to use it.