Queen Elizabeth, second from left, and King George VI, second from right, are seen on the balcony of London’s Buckingham Palace on May 12, 1937 following the coronation of King George VI. King George VI came to the throne in 1936 because his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated to marry American Wallis Simpson. Photo: Associated Press Queen Elizabeth, second from left, and King George VI, second from right, are seen on the balcony of London’s Buckingham Palace on May 12, 1937 following the coronation of King George VI. King George VI came to the throne in 1936 because his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated to marry American Wallis Simpson. Photo: Associated Press
Queen Elizabeth, second from left, and King George VI, second from right, are seen on the balcony of London’s Buckingham Palace on May 12, 1937 following the coronation of King George VI. King George VI came to the throne in 1936 because his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated to marry American Wallis Simpson. Photo: Associated Press

12 royals who abdicated their thrones for love

They were in line to lead a nation, but these men and women left their thrones to marry commoners and live outside the royal family

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Queen Elizabeth, second from left, and King George VI, second from right, are seen on the balcony of London’s Buckingham Palace on May 12, 1937 following the coronation of King George VI. King George VI came to the throne in 1936 because his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated to marry American Wallis Simpson. Photo: Associated Press Queen Elizabeth, second from left, and King George VI, second from right, are seen on the balcony of London’s Buckingham Palace on May 12, 1937 following the coronation of King George VI. King George VI came to the throne in 1936 because his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated to marry American Wallis Simpson. Photo: Associated Press
Queen Elizabeth, second from left, and King George VI, second from right, are seen on the balcony of London’s Buckingham Palace on May 12, 1937 following the coronation of King George VI. King George VI came to the throne in 1936 because his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated to marry American Wallis Simpson. Photo: Associated Press
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