Abdication

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Abdication is the act of resigning from an office (official job), especially from being the leader of a country. The word is normally used for kings and queens who decide to give up their position which brings an end to a reign.[1] The term is also used for popes.[2]

A similar term for an elected or appointed official is resignation.

King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom is an example of a king who abdicated.[3]

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+ Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, 2013

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 "Abdication," Encyclopædia Britannica (1911); retrieved 2013-2-11.
  2. "Abdication," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2013-2-11.
  3. "Edward VIII: Abdication timeline," BBC. 29 January 2003; retrieved 2013-2-11.
  4. Frank Stenton, Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford University Press, 1971), p. 70
  5. Frank Stenton, Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford University Press, 1971), pp. 72-73
  6. "Pope Benedict IX", Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-12-18.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Lizzy Davies. "Pope Benedict XVI resigns," Guardian UK). 11 February 2013; retrieved 2013-2-11.
  8. Masson, Georgina. (1968). Queen Christina, p. 175.
  9. "English Revolution of 1688", Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-12-18.
  10. Pawly, Ronald. (2004). Napoleon's Imperial Headquarters, p. 4.
  11. Pawly, p. 52.
  12. Curtis, William Eleroy. (1888). The Capitals of Spanish America, pp. 688.