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10/12/1936 Edward VIII signs Instrument of Abdication

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Edward VIII Abdicates - 1936 | Today In History | 11 Dec 17

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11th December 1936: Abdication of King Edward VIII

In 1936, a constitutional crisis in the British Empire arose when King-Emperor Edward VIII proposed to marry Wallis Simpson, an American socialite who was divorced from her first husband and was pursuing the divorce of her second. The marriage was opposed by the governments of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth.