Kids love to play make believe and dress up, and what better way is there for a child to completely transform than with with a costume? Two-year-old Jalayne Sutherland hit the jackpot with the perfect costume last Halloween, on her very first try. This past year, when she was just a one-year-old, the adorable toddler donned a white wig, a powder blue overcoat with matching hat and gloves, and a string of elegant pearls to dress up as Queen Elizabeth II. The best part—little Jalayne even posed with two adorable corgis by her side, executing her royal transformation to perfection.
Sporting her regal ensemble, the 2-year-old’s resemblance to Her Majesty is actually quite striking. And apart from being a brilliant costume idea, the whole thing is also ridiculously adorable. “The biggest inspiration for the outfit was the fact that our dogs are our daughter’s best friends,” says Jalayne’s mother, Katelyn Sutherland. “We wanted to do something where they could all be included together.” And, of course, when thinking of ideas involving corgis, The Queen was one of the first thoughts that came to mind as she is well known for her love of dogs—corgis especially.
But the best part of all is that Jalayne’s costume got the royal stamp of approval from Queen Elizabeth herself. After getting lots of compliments on the costume, Jalayne's mom decided to send a letter to The Queen with a picture of the toddler dressed in her likeness. Sutherland says it was during the time when The Queen was ill and she’d hoped it might cheer her up, but she definitely wasn’t expecting a response. However, just a couple of months later, on December 27, she opened her mailbox and was surprised to find a letter addressed to her daughter and embossed with the royal seal of Windsor Castle.
Penned by Her Majesty’s lady-in-waiting, Hon. Marry Morrison, the correspondence expresses The Queen’s delight and gratitude at the photo. “The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for your letter, and for the photograph you thoughtfully enclosed,” the missive reads. “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.”
Needless to say, the Sutherlands were thrilled and absolutely honored to receive the letter. Few people can say that The Queen of England complimented their Halloween costume—especially after dressing up exactly like her. The only question now is how they'll top such a hit this year.
A little girl dressed up as Queen Elizabeth II for Halloween, and she received a letter from The Queen herself.