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Bertie was in very poor health towards the late '40's and his family was well aware. Elizabeth was called upon to perform, as heir presumptive, some of her father's duties by 1949. He smoked like a train and it ruined him, suffering other complications apart from cancer of the lung.
George VI died of coronary thrombosis (heart attack) in his sleep from severe Atherosclerosis caused by poor diet, stress, lack of exercise and heavy cigarette smoking.
Elizabeth and Phil were undertaking a belated tour of Australia (with a stop off in Kenya) for him because his health prevented it when the baton was passed.
He didn't have to resign to marry Elizabeth. He planned to carry on in the RN until she became queen. They both expected the King to have a long life; his older brother lived another 20 years.
Anyone would be envious of a service record such as his. He really enjoyed his Naval career and was devastated he had to resign to marry the Queen.
As an individual, it is said he was easy going and comfortable interacting with the common people. Though Royalty, he had a rough and tumble early life.
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