10 places named after Queen Elizabeth II


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: The former wasteland in east London that staged the 2012 Olympics was renamed after the Games to mark the diamond jubilee celebrating 60 years on the throne. Photo: AFP

Here are 10 places around the world named after Queen Elizabeth II:

Queen Elizabeth Land

Around 437,000sq km (169,000sq miles) of British Antarctic Territory was named after the monarch to mark her diamond jubilee in 2012.The triangular segment is nearly twice the size of Britain and stretches from the South Pole to the Ronne Ice Shelf on the Weddell Sea.

Princess Elizabeth Land

Seven decades earlier in 1931, this slice of Antarctica was discovered by the British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition and named after the young Elizabeth, who was third in line to the throne.Roughly covering the section south of India, it is now part of Australian Antarctic Territory.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

The former wasteland in east London that staged the 2012 Olympics was renamed after the Games to mark the diamond jubilee celebrating 60 years on the throne.Queen Elizabeth memorably opened the Olympics with a sequence that appeared to show her parachuting down to the stadium with James Bond.

Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Straddling the equator, the east African country's most visited national park is known for its lions, hippopotamuses, elephants, crocodiles and leopards, along with volcanic cones and crater lakes.The 1,978sq km park was renamed after a visit by the monarch in 1954.

The Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden, New York

The tiny park in Hanover Square was created to remember the 67 British victims of the 2001 terror attacks in the city but was renamed in 2012 when it was rededicated as the memorial site for all the Commonwealth victims.The monarch officially opened the garden in Lower Manhattan in 2010.

Queen Elizabeth Islands, Canada

The Parry Archipelago was renamed in 1953 to mark the coronation. The northernmost cluster of Canada's islands include Ellesmere Island, the world's 10th biggest.Despite their vast size at 419,061sq km, the Arctic islands have a population of just 400. At the top of Ellesmere sits Alert, the northernmost settlement in the world.

The Queen's Terminal, London Heathrow Airport

The new £2.5bil (RM12.9bil) Heathrow Terminal 2 was officially opened by the monarch in 2014. Around a quarter of Heathrow's passengers fly through T2.The sovereign never actually used the terminal: there is a plush VIP terminal used by heads of state elsewhere in the airport.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong

Once the largest general hospital in the Commonwealth, the facility in Kowloon opened in 1963, when Hong Kong was still a British colony. The monarch's husband Prince Philip laid the foundation stone.Hong Kong's biggest hospital is the prime treatment centre for civil disasters and helicopter-transferred patients.

Queenstown, Singapore

Queenstown was the first new town built on the city-state island to cope with its booming population and was named to mark the 1953 coronation.Around 100,000 people live in the 20sq km area. Developed as a self-contained community, it houses largely older, original residents in high- and low-rise blocks.

Elizabeth Quay, Perth

Intended to showcase the Western Australia capital on an international stage, the new area contains a mixture of luxury hotels, apartments, office blocks and restaurants.The man-made Swan River inlet officially opened in 2016. The new entertainment and leisure precinct were billed as "the place to be, see and do" in Perth. – AFP

Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Photo: Filepic/The StarQueen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Photo: Filepic/The Star

Hospitals in Kota Kinabalu named after the Queen

Named after the British monarch, Sabah's Queen Elizabeth Hospital was built after World War II, in 1957.

Queen Elizabeth II was the reigning sovereign of the colonial British Empire during its establishment then.

The original building was located along Jalan Tuaran, in Jesselton (later renamed Kota Kinabalu). Consisting of just one block, it was a wooden structure with attap roofs. It had 208 beds.

Since 1957, the hospital has experienced rapid expansion, with new buildings added to it. A tower block was built in 1981 at a cost of RM20mil.

The queen visited the hospital in 1971.

Today, there's a second hospital named after the queen – Queen Elizabeth Hospital 2 – off Jalan Damai Luyang. – The Star/Evelyn Len

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Queen Elizabeth


Next In People

Malaysian musician repairs 50 traditional Indian drums as Thaipusam draws near
Frankfurt Airport chaplaincy a haven for refugees, tourists and staff
Secret beeline: French son of WWII German soldier uncovers hidden origins
Tidying guru Marie Kondo has 'given up' on tidying after having three kids
Hideouts, wigs and cash: an Italian mobster's life on the run
World's oldest known person, French nun Lucile Randon, dies at 118
Malaysian retiree's unique diorama art spreads awareness about co-existence
From bakers to brewers: After Covid cull, Danish mink farmers find new careers
Miss USA R'Bonney Gabriel wins Miss Universe 2023 competition
Ray Cordeiro, Hong Kong DJ who broadcast for 6 decades, dies at 98

Others Also Read