Aging King George III of England is exhibiting signs of madness, a problem little understood in 1788. As the monarch alternates between bouts of confusion and near-violent outbursts of temper, his hapless doctors attempt the ineffectual cures of the day. Meanwhile, Queen Charlotte and Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger attempt to prevent the king's political enemies, led by the Prince of Wales, from usurping the throne.
His Majesty was all powerful and all knowing. But he wasn't quite all there.
Did You Know?
It is now generally believed that George III's mental state was caused by porphyria, a metabolic imbalance. His blue urine is a key clue. However, recent research into his written correspondence suggesting bouts of mania, and a theory that his blue urine was caused by a type of medicine commonly in use at the time, has challenged that view and asserts that he did indeed suffer from psychiatric illness. See more
Pitt and Thurlow go to visit the King at Kew during the winter - but the leafy green trees outside clearly indicate that the scene was filmed in summer (shooting took place from July to early September). See more
[Pitt has given the King some papers to sign
What is this? America, I suppose.
Oh, America's not to be spoken of, is that it?
For your peace of mind, sir. But it's not America.
Peace of mind! I have no peace of mind. I've had no peace of mind since we lost America. Forests, old as the world itself... meadows... plains... strange delicate flowers... immense solitudes... and all nature new to art... all ours... Mine. Gone. A paradise... lost.
Zadok the Priest
Music by George Frideric Handel
(as G. F. Handel) See more