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in a political sense, renunciation of high public office, usually by a monarch. Some abdications have been purely voluntary and resulted in no loss of prestige. For instance, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VCharles V,
1500–1558, Holy Roman emperor (1519–58) and, as Charles I, king of Spain (1516–56); son of Philip I and Joanna of Castile, grandson of Ferdinand II of Aragón, Isabella of Castile, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, and Mary of Burgundy.
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, who abdicated for religious motives, remained influential until his death, and Philip VPhilip V,
1683–1746, king of Spain (1700–1746), first Bourbon on the Spanish throne. A grandson of Louis XIV of France, he was titular duke of Anjou before Charles II of Spain designated him as his successor.
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 of Spain actually resumed the throne after abdicating. In Japan it has not been uncommon for the ruler to retire voluntarily to a life of religious contemplation, assured of a special title and many honors. However, most abdications have amounted to a confession of a failure in policy and are only the final and formal renunciation of an authority that events have already taken away. In the Chinese Empire forced abdications were frequent, the empire itself ending with the abdication of the boy ruler Hsuan T'ung in 1912 (see Pu YiPu Yi
or Henry Pu-yi,
Manchu Aisin Gioro, 1906–67, last emperor (1908–12) of China, under the reign name Hsuan T'ung. After his abdication, the new republican government granted him a large government pension and permitted him to live in the
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). Since 1688, when the English Parliament declared James II to have abdicated by reason of flight and subversion of the constitution, abdication by a British ruler without parliamentary consent has been forbidden. When Edward VIIIEdward VIII,
1894–1972, king of Great Britain and Ireland (1936), known in later years as the duke of Windsor; eldest son of George V. He attended the naval colleges at Osborne and Dartmouth and Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1911 he was made prince of Wales.
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 of England abdicated in 1936 in order to marry an American divorcee (his ministers having refused to approve the marriage), the abdication was given legal effect by an act of Parliament. Though several written constitutions contain provisions for abdication, there are few uniformly accepted rules for dealing with it. Defeat and political chaos following World Wars I and II forced the abdication of many rulers, most notably Emperor William II of Germany, Farouk of Egypt, and Leopold III of Belgium.
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The scene is no different at Sonia Vihar in northeast Delhi, where AAP MLA Kapil Mishra and India survey finds that leaders fumigators, totally abdicated with filth and mosquitos buzzing around
But while it is common in the Netherlands for monarchs to "retire" - Beatrix's mother and grandmother both abdicated - Britain's Queen has made it clear she sees her role as a "job for life".
She was most displeased when Queen Juliana of the Netherlands abdicated in 1980, telling those close to her that abdication was wrong.
He had abdicated as King Edward VIII on December 10, 1936, to marry divorcee Mrs Simpson, whom he referred to as "the woman I love".
It seems that in 1933, despite the then Prince of Wales and later the abdicated King Edward VII showing interest, the residents of the caravans were eventually evicted and anything that couldn't be moved was burned to the ground.
1936: Edward VIII abdicated as King after a reign of 325 days, in favour of his brother, the Duke of York, who became King George VI.
1917 Czar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated in favour of his brother.
Seeing] how the state has abdicated responsibility for funding in a fair and equitable manner, it is incumbent on districts to aggressively pursue opportunities that advance the objectives of the district," he said.
By offering compassion to one group, the school abdicated its responsibility to those already in the neighborhood.
Instead of working to transform moral behaviour, they have simply abdicated to it.
By approving the WTO pact, Congress also abdicated its constitutional power to regulate trade and commerce with foreign nations, surrendering it to an unelected, unaccountable synod of foreign bureaucrats.