Prince Philip was interviewed on television, somewhat reluctantly, when he turned 90, in June 2011. He said he wanted to enjoy himself – yet he did not retire. He continued to serve for another six years, finally stepping down at the end of the summer of 2017, aged 96. He did this with the full approval of the Queen, who was more than aware that he had done his bit and wanted him to have time to himself. After the annual summer holiday in Balmoral, the new arrangement kicked in. The Queen returned to London, while the Duke settled at Wood Farm, on the Sandringham estate, best known historically as the home where Prince John, the epileptic youngest son of George V and Queen Mary, lived in quiet seclusion with his devoted nurse, Lala Bill. Prince John died there in 1919, aged 13. It was at Wood Farm that the Duke was able to enjoy his carriage driving, painting in watercolours and reading; he far preferred history to novels (which he somewhat mistrusted) and exchanged book suggestions with a friend. Had he returned to Buckingham Palace, he would inevitably have got caught up in Royal engagements – but at Wood Farm, he had peace and quiet. It provided a modest alternative to Sandringham and, for years, had been rented out. During a few days’ stay at Sandringham some years earlier, he had been was horrified to see a busload of cooks, telephonists and others evidently needed even for his short visit. Since then, the Royal Family had often stayed at Wood Farm, rather than open ‘the Big House’. Wood Farm is not a tiny house, but it is manageable, with minimal staff. Its furnishings are undistinguished, but a new kitchen was put in for the Duke’s benefit. With the Duke was his much-liked page, William Henderson, originally a cleaner when he joined his service in the 1980s and worked his way up.