A US toddler has caught the eye of the Queen after dressing up as her for Halloween.
One-year-old Jalayne Sutherland received a letter from the Queen after dressing up as the monarch. Her costume featured a double-breasted blue overcoat, wig, a matching hat, and the queen’s signature pearls. She also posed with a pair of corgis for an added royal touch.
The toddler’s mum, Katelyn Sutherland, sent a few of the snaps and a letter to Buckingham Palace and was shocked when she received a written response.
“The biggest inspiration for the outfit was the fact that our dogs are our daughter’s best friends,” she told The Mirror.
“We wanted to do something where they could all be included together. We are most definitely fans of the Royal family and truly admire how the Queen walks by faith.”
The letter, written by the Queen’s lady in waiting the Honourable Marry Morrison, was stamped with the Windsor Castle insignia and dated December 9, 2021.
“The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for your letter, and for the photograph you thoughtfully enclosed,” she wrote.
“Her Majesty thought it kind of you to write to her, and The Queen was pleased to see the photograph of your daughter, Jalayne, in her splendid outfit.
“Her Majesty hopes you all have a very Merry Christmas, and I am enclosing a little information about the Royal Pets, which Jalayne might like to have.”
News of the letter comes as the Queen had a subdued Christmas celebration due to surging case numbers of Omicron in the UK. Her Majesty was forced to cancel her favourite royal family tradition amid concerns about the alarmingly high number of cases with the Omicron variant. Rather than travelling to her beloved Sandringham in Norfolk, the Queen stayed in Windsor, where she was joined by other members of the Royal household.
Buckingham Palace sources told The Telegraph, it was the Queen’s own personal decision and “reflects a precautionary approach”.