How Important to Pitt’s Success Was His Relationship with George Iii?

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King George III played a significant part in Pitt’s success as Prime Minister but I wouldn’t say it was all down to the King. There were many aspects that contributed to his success and many were due to his relationship with King George, however some were simply because of Pitt himself. Some historians believe that his success was all based on his close links with the monarchy and without it he would never of been able to achieve the things he did but it is apparent that without the King’s help, Pitt may have never obtained his position in power. However, it is also clear that to a great extent, Pitt’s success is due to his own gained popularity, his logical and successful ideas and sheer determination. Despite the King’s help in enabling Pitt’s position in power, we must also analyse the other factors that contribute to Pitt’s success, for instance, the weakened status of the Whig’s leader, Charles Fox and the improvements that Pitt made to the financial and economical state of the nation. Firstly, the way that Pitt managed to become Prime Minister instantly made clear that George III was nearly entirely responsible for his entry into office. When the dispute arose over the coalition of the India Bill in 1782, George III immediately took the opportunity to get rid of the Whigs leaving a position open for Pitt. Therefore we can see that this opening ,created by the King, enabled Pitt to become Chancellor of the Exchequer and First Lord of the Treasury in 1783. The King used the India Bill as an excuse for a dramatic change in his government. In the beginning of Pitt’s rule, he governed a minority government. This was a great challenge for Pitt as he was young and inexperienced and facing the strong and experienced oppositions of Burke, Fox, North and Portland. However, we can see that with the King’s support, Pitt was able to gain more popularity amongst
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