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Cases of abdication in recent history

June 02, 2014, 19:12 UTC+3
Most famous cases of abdication in recent history in this photo gallery by ITAR-TASS
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Edward VIII was British King from 20 January 1936 until his abdication on 11 December 1936.
Edward VIII was British King from 20 January 1936 until his abdication on 11 December 1936.
Edward VIII was British King from 20 January 1936 until his abdication on 11 December 1936.
© AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky
Edward (photo, left) abdicated in order to marry Wallis Simpson (right) as the Church of England did not allow divorced people to remarry if their ex-spouses were still alive
Edward (photo, left) abdicated in order to marry Wallis Simpson (right) as the Church of England did not allow divorced people to remarry if their ex-spouses were still alive
Edward (photo, left) abdicated in order to marry Wallis Simpson (right) as the Church of England did not allow divorced people to remarry if their ex-spouses were still alive
© AP Photo
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicated in 1948. The main reason is said to be health problems
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicated in 1948. The main reason is said to be health problems
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicated in 1948. The main reason is said to be health problems
© AP Photo
Wilhelmina's daughter, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, abdicated as well in 1980. Photo: Juliana, just after her abdication, kisses her eldest daughter Beatrix
Wilhelmina's daughter, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, abdicated as well in 1980. Photo: Juliana, just after her abdication, kisses her eldest daughter Beatrix
Wilhelmina's daughter, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, abdicated as well in 1980. Photo: Juliana, just after her abdication, kisses her eldest daughter Beatrix
© AP Photo/ Ferry van Groen
Queen Beatrix, in turn, abdicated in favor of her son in 2013. Photo: New Dutch King Willem-Alexander (L) kisses his mother, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix
Queen Beatrix, in turn, abdicated in favor of her son in 2013. Photo: New Dutch King Willem-Alexander (L) kisses his mother, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix
Queen Beatrix, in turn, abdicated in favor of her son in 2013. Photo: New Dutch King Willem-Alexander (L) kisses his mother, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix
© EPA/OLAF KRAAK
Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and from 1993 to 2004 abdicated twice: first in facor of his father, and the second time in favor of his son
Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and from 1993 to 2004 abdicated twice: first in facor of his father, and the second time in favor of his son
Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and from 1993 to 2004 abdicated twice: first in facor of his father, and the second time in favor of his son
© EPA/HENG SINITH
Grand Duchess of Luxembourg Charlotte abdicated in 1964 in favour of her son Jean, who then reigned until his abdication in 2000
Grand Duchess of Luxembourg Charlotte abdicated in 1964 in favour of her son Jean, who then reigned until his abdication in 2000
Grand Duchess of Luxembourg Charlotte abdicated in 1964 in favour of her son Jean, who then reigned until his abdication in 2000
© AP Photo
Grand Duke of Luxembourg Jean, who became Grand Duke, when his mother's abdication, was succeeded on the throne by his son Henri (photo), abdicating in 2000
Grand Duke of Luxembourg Jean, who became Grand Duke, when his mother's abdication, was succeeded on the throne by his son Henri (photo), abdicating in 2000
Grand Duke of Luxembourg Jean, who became Grand Duke, when his mother's abdication, was succeeded on the throne by his son Henri (photo), abdicating in 2000
© AP Photo/LUXPRESS/Jean-Claude Ernst
Albert II of Belgium reigned untill his abdication in 2013. Picture shows (L-R) former Queen Paola and former King Albert II of Belgium and King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia of Spain. King Juan Carlos announced his abdication June 02 2014
Albert II of Belgium reigned untill his abdication in 2013. Picture shows (L-R) former Queen Paola and former King Albert II of Belgium and King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia of Spain. King Juan Carlos announced his abdication June 02 2014
Albert II of Belgium reigned untill his abdication in 2013. Picture shows (L-R) former Queen Paola and former King Albert II of Belgium and King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia of Spain. King Juan Carlos announced his abdication June 02 2014
© EPA/CLAUDIO PERI
King Juan Carlos I of Spain has announced his plans to abdicate on June 02, 2014
King Juan Carlos I of Spain has announced his plans to abdicate on June 02, 2014
King Juan Carlos I of Spain has announced his plans to abdicate on June 02, 2014
©  AP Photo/Gerard Julien, Pool
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Edward VIII was British King from 20 January 1936 until his abdication on 11 December 1936.
© AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky
Edward (photo, left) abdicated in order to marry Wallis Simpson (right) as the Church of England did not allow divorced people to remarry if their ex-spouses were still alive
© AP Photo
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicated in 1948. The main reason is said to be health problems
© AP Photo
Wilhelmina's daughter, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, abdicated as well in 1980. Photo: Juliana, just after her abdication, kisses her eldest daughter Beatrix
© AP Photo/ Ferry van Groen
Queen Beatrix, in turn, abdicated in favor of her son in 2013. Photo: New Dutch King Willem-Alexander (L) kisses his mother, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix
© EPA/OLAF KRAAK
Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and from 1993 to 2004 abdicated twice: first in facor of his father, and the second time in favor of his son
© EPA/HENG SINITH
Grand Duchess of Luxembourg Charlotte abdicated in 1964 in favour of her son Jean, who then reigned until his abdication in 2000
© AP Photo
Grand Duke of Luxembourg Jean, who became Grand Duke, when his mother's abdication, was succeeded on the throne by his son Henri (photo), abdicating in 2000
© AP Photo/LUXPRESS/Jean-Claude Ernst
Albert II of Belgium reigned untill his abdication in 2013. Picture shows (L-R) former Queen Paola and former King Albert II of Belgium and King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia of Spain. King Juan Carlos announced his abdication June 02 2014
© EPA/CLAUDIO PERI
King Juan Carlos I of Spain has announced his plans to abdicate on June 02, 2014
©  AP Photo/Gerard Julien, Pool

On Monday, June 02, King Juan Carlos I of Spain announced his plans to abdicate in favor of his son, Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that the process of Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe’s accession to the throne has been launched. Rajoy noted that in line with the Spanish Constitution, a law must be adopted that will allow Crown Prince Felipe to succeed his father. Juan Carlos I considered it to be the most suitable moment for a normal transition of power to the successor. The King has expressed hope that the process will be carried out with respect to the monarch as a symbol of freedom and democracy.

In this photo gallery we recall some of the most famous cases of abdication in recent history.

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