Queen Elizabeth II is probably not amused. She would never even entertain the thought. It’s that dreaded “A” word, the one that gives her the chills.
That’s right – abdication.
But it’s not a dirty word. In fact, plenty of royals have made the choice to step aside for a new generation, and with successful results. Below are the many monarchs who chose to abdicate, including the latest to do so – Emperor Emeritus Akihito of Japan.
Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, for Hereditary Grand Duke Jean:
Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, for Hereditary Grand Duke Henri:
HM King Juan Carlos of Spain, for Crown Prince Felipe:
HM King Albert of the Belgians, for Crown Prince Philippe:
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands for Crown Princess Juliana:
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands for Crown Prince Willem-Alexander:
Emperor Akihito for Crown Prince Naruhito: