'Splendid outfit': Queen Elizabeth sends letter to toddler who dressed as her for Halloween

A 2-year-old's Halloween costume has now received the royal seal of approval.


A 2-year-old girl's Halloween costume has now received the royal seal of approval.

Jalayne Sutherland, who just turned 2 on Dec. 30, dressed up as Queen Elizabeth II for Halloween.

Dressed in a blue overcoat, hat, a white wig and the queen's signature pearls, the young girl from Florence, Kentucky, posed alongside her family corgis, Rascal and Jack.

“When it comes to corgis, the Queen always comes to mind,” said the girl’s mother Katelyn Sutherland.

Sutherland said the dogs are her daughter’s best friends, “So what better way to show their friendship and the bond they share.”

Queen Elizabeth II is well known for her love of dogs, and corgis have become an internationally recognized symbol of her reign.

After posting the photos to social media, Sutherland said she was encouraged by others to send the photos to Buckingham Palace.

But Sutherland said she never expected to hear back.

The family received a letter with the Windsor Castle insignia from the Queen's lady-in-waiting, the Hon. Mary Morrison.

Dated Dec. 9, the letter reads, "The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for your letter, and for the photograph you thoughtfully enclosed. 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 Merry Christmas, and I am enclosing a little information about the Royal Pets, which Jalayne might like to have."

jalayne sutherland, who just turned 2 on dec. 30,
Jalayne Sutherland
Jalayne Sutherland dresses up as Queen Elizabeth II for Halloween.

Sutherland said she was shocked by the response.

“We’re just really grateful that the lady-in-waiting took time to write back to us. This is something that we’ll cherish for the rest of our lives,” she said.