After two weeks, the Home Office had concluded that it was all a false alarm. In an angry reply from Osborne House, the Queen singled out poor Lord Monck: he should be "utterly ashamed" for spreading such an "absurd and mad story."
Though her advisers might panic, the Queen remained steadfast throughout:
To the Queen this is a great satisfaction and a great triumph ... The Queen has now reigned nearly 31 years, is 48 years old, has lived in troubled times. She has been shot at three times, once knocked on the head, threatening letters have over and over again been received, and yet we never changed our mode of living or going on! This the Queen hopes will be a lesson for the future, and that these panics (which have affected the Queen's health very much from the annoyance and worry which they entailed) will not be again recurred to every two or three months.[Painting: Queen Victoria at Osborne House]