The abdication crisis, which occured in the British Empire in 1936, ended with the finalization of the abdication of the British King Edward VIII to his brother King George VI. After a political battle with the British Government and the governments of the other British Commonwealth states, he renounced his claim on the throne. His desire to marry a two-time divorcee conflicted with his ability to reign as King of the British Empire and the head of the English Church. Determined to marry Wallis Simpson, he left the throne to his brother, who was eventually succeeded by Queen Elizabeth II. In all, Edward ruled the world’s largest empire for a mere 326 days.
“Were you to read the British press today, you would learn that the British Empire never forgets its defeats.”