Definition of the abdication crisis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the abdication crisis

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(in British history) a series of events in 1936, following King Edward VIII's decision to marry a divorced American woman, Wallis Simpson. It was thought that the British public would not accept a queen who had been divorced, and Edward was advised by the Prime Minister to abdicate (= give up his position as king). The couple were married in France in 1937, and Edward's brother (as George VI) became king in his place.