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Blog Real 05-23-2021 01:08 PM

I think it depends on the situation and the rules in force in the different royal houses.
Now if it is one if it is a serious situation, in which the person has no autonomy, it is best to leave the line of succession to the throne and be succeeded by someone else.
It is a situation that has to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Prinsara 05-23-2021 01:14 PM

Dyslexia seems to run incredibly strongly in Sweden, considering the king, his father, and all three of his children have had it. So far we haven't heard anything from the next generation, but it would seem familially much higher than average. Victoria has the neurological condition "face-blindness" in addition remarkable when you consider her line of work!

King Olav of Norway had dyslexia too, and I've never heard how it was managed, other than like many dyslectics he was encouraged to and became very athletic. I wonder if anyone's asked Princess Astrid she has it too.

George VI and his stutter must count. (He didn't think he was fit to take over as king, and there's the pervasive rumor TPTB didn't, either...)

Duc_et_Pair 05-23-2021 01:29 PM

The Constitution of the Netherlands has an article on it:

Article 29

1.
One or more persons may be excluded from the hereditary succession by Act of Parliament if exceptional circumstances necessitate.

2.
The Bill for this purpose shall be presented by The King. The two Chambers of the States-General shall consider and decide upon the matter in a joint session. Such a Bill shall be passed only if at least two-thirds of the votes cast are in favour.

Prinsara 05-23-2021 02:00 PM

Something was wrong with Yoshihito, the Taisho Emperor... but he was still Emperor for more than a decade. I have no idea if the Japanese public had any idea about this at all, considering he was also divine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empero...%8D#Early_life

Semi-likewise King Abdullah of Jordan's grandfather Talal was eventually deposed for schizophrenia and institutionalized abroad, but I'm not sure how much research has ever been done into what exactly was wrong with him. :/

Alison H 05-23-2021 03:22 PM

I doubt autism's mentioned anywhere, if only because autism hasn't been recognised until fairly recently, and recent changes to succession laws have mainly only covered gender. I should think there'd be an outcry in most countries if there were an attempt to exclude autistic people from the succession. The person might choose to step down if they felt uncomfortable in crowds, for example, but it'd depend on their individual circumstances.

Blog Real 05-23-2021 03:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alison H (Post 2401920)
I doubt autism's mentioned anywhere, if only because autism hasn't been recognised until fairly recently, and recent changes to succession laws have mainly only covered gender. I should think there'd be an outcry in most countries if there were an attempt to exclude autistic people from the succession. The person might choose to step down if they felt uncomfortable in crowds, for example, but it'd depend on their individual circumstances.

There are autistic people (depending on the degree) who have normal lives, work, get married, etc.
Now worse problems like down syndrome or other disabilities is a case in point.

Denville 05-23-2021 03:30 PM

I think it would obviously depend on how severe the issues was... but for someone who has to meet people, a lot, social awkwardness can be a big issue.

Osipi 05-23-2021 03:30 PM

I would think that, in the UK at least, a disability whether physical or mental would be treated the same way that a monarch is replaced by a regent.

Reading this discussion about if the monarch would be a person that was diagnosed as autistic, I can't help but think of a TV show I really like called "The Good Doctor". The main character is autistic but is a very gifted doctor and surgeon. I think with determining if any monarch with any sort of disability would have to be handled on a individual basis taking into account the specifics concerning the monarch, himself/herself.


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