Edward VIII abdicated the English throne after discussion with his Prime Minister.
Edward informed Baldwin that he would abdicate if he could not marry Simpson. Baldwin then presented Edward with three choices: give up the idea of marriage; marry against his ministers' wishes; or abdicate. It was clear that Edward was not prepared to give up Simpson, and he knew that if he married against the advice of his ministers, he would cause the government to resign, prompting a constitutional crisis. He chose to abdicate.
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- Were the procedures used to force Edward VIII to renounce the throne legitimate? Were there established precedents and procedures?
- Were there procedures which would have allowed Edward to retain the throne?
- To what extent were there covert, unstated objections to Edward? (e.g. "sympathy for Germany" is frequently cited). Is this a conspiracy theory, or is there any real evidence to support this contention?