His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication Act, c. 3
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- Held At: Parliamentary Archives: GB-061
- Catalogue Reference: HL/PO/PU/1/1936/1E8&1G6c3
- Date: 11 December 1936
- Level: File
- Extent: 1 Act of Parliament
- Creator Name: House of Lords; Public Bill Office; 1849-
- Category: Acts of Parliament/Laws/Legislation
- Description: An Act to give effect to His Majesty's declaration of abdication; and for purposes connected therewith, ["His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication Act"]
The Act recognised and ratified the abdication of King Edward VIII and passed succession to his brother King George VI. The Act also excluded any possible future descendants of Edward from the line of succession. Edward's decision to abdicated was driven by his desire to marry his lover, Wallis Simpson. Edward had faced opposition to the match from the governments of the United Kingdom and the Dominions on religious, legal, political and moral grounds. For example, Edward was Head of the Church of England, an organisation which did not permit the re-marriage of divorced persons. The Act passed through both Houses of Parliament in one day, 11 December 1936, with no amendments.
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