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The act of renoucing or resigning from office.  In recent British history, the Abdication refers to the relinquishing of the monarchy in 1936 by King Edward VIII in order that he might marry the American divorcee, Wallis Simpson.

British monarch from January 1936 to his abdication in December 1936.
Divorced American socialite who married the Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII.