After the abdication
, Akihito's elder son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the throne on May 1, 2019.
The timing of his abdication
, the first in more than two centuries, has been the subject of debate in Japan.
Le fils aine de l'empereur, le prince Naruhito, age actuellement de 57 ans, doit acceder au trone du Chrysantheme le jour suivant son abdication
Now the government has to hammer out the details of the abdication
, including the timing, but media reports have said it is likely to take place at the end of 2018, which would mark three decades on the Chrysanthemum throne for Akihito.
Production was halted following his abdication
, so all that remains are rare patterns and trial pieces.
But in the course of Japan's imperial household tradition reaching back to ancient times, instances in which of abdication
in favor of a successor are by no means rare.
CRISIS Mirror front page reports Edward's abdication
King George became King at a time when the monarchy and country were in turmoil following the abdication
, but on his death left a strong monarchy and united kingdom.
Queen Mary, the king's mother, remarked with asperity on the eve of the abdication
, "to give up all this, for that
Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the Spanish king's abdication
, as they did when Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands stepped down in April, 2013, and King Albert II of Belgium did likewise three months later.
In a nationwide address, the king - pictured signing a document yesterday opening the way for his abdication
- said that he first started thinking seriously about giving up the throne when he turned 76 in January.
in favour of Crown Prince Felipe, 46, is expected to bring constitutional revisions to guarantee the new king's daughter will succeed him.
Thousands of anti-royalists took to the streets across Spain calling for a vote on the monarchy's survival after the abdication
of King Juan Carlos.
It was given to him by his father George V and became the setting for the abdication
crisis in 1936.
, respected historian Juliet Nicolson recreates the tumultuous political landscape of the late- 1930s Europe at the time of the death of George V.