Originally Posted by Friedrich Karl II
IIRC one of major reason why CG refuses from abdicate is just that Victoria could spend time with her children. But I am not sure if this is true or is that just one theory.
In other hand abdication of Swedish monarch is extremely rare. But it is rare in many other monarchies too. I think that only Dutch monarchs have abdicated pretty often when they have became old and their heir are ready to take response on state issues.
The last three monarchs of Luxembourg abdicated as well (and they've had only 6 since they were no longer tied to the Netherlands - so, only the first two did NOT abdicate (as Henri is still the reigning GD). Adolph ascended the throne at the age of 73 (because Willem III was succeeded by Wilhelmina); his son Guillaume died at the age of 59, so before 'abdication age'). Moreover, the first to abdicate did so because of unpopularity, however, her younger sister did not let that fact deter her from also abdicating 45 years later; and in doing so, she paved the way for her son Jean to do likewise.