On May 10, 1940, King George VI of England reluctantly accepted the resignation of his prime minister, Neville Chamberlain, and following Chamberlain's advice asked First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill to form a new government. The king would have preferred to ask someone else - even though, like most people, he recognized that the First Lord possessed extraordinary qualities and talents. But he did not trust Churchill to control them. He judged him to be unbridled, a loose cannon.
- From Ministers at War: Winston Churchill and His War Cabinet by Jonathan Schneer