In October, Katelyn Sutherland posted pictures of her daughter Jalayne, 1, on Facebook showing off Jalayne’s adorable outfit: a blue coat and hat, a white wig, gloves, pearl necklaces, a purse and, of course, two corgis by her side.
The post received hundreds of likes and in the comments, Sutherland explained that her daughter "absolutely loved the costume," while the corgis "were proud to sit next to their Queen."
Sutherland told Fox News that the reason she chose Queen Elizabeth for Jalayne's Halloween costume is that the 1-year-old "absolutely loves her pups."
"We knew we wanted to find a way to include them into her costume and when you think of corgis you think of the Queen," Sutherland said. "It’s almost like they are a package deal and we couldn’t think of any better way to portray the friendship between her and her dogs."
After friends and family encouraged Sutherland to share the adorable photos with Queen Elizabeth, Sutherland told Fox that she wrote a letter to the Queen with the pictures enclosed, "on a whim."
She said she didn't expect to get a response, but in December, the family received a letter from Windsor Castle.
According to an image of the letter shared with Fox, Queen Elizabeth’s lady-in-waiting, the Hon. Mary Morrison, wrote back to Sutherland and her husband on Dec. 9.
In the letter, Morrison wrote: "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," Morrison continued.
Morrison ended the letter by writing: "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."
The Windsor Castle insignia was stamped at the top of the letter.
Sutherland told Fox that her family felt "so honored and blessed that the lady-in-waiting took time out of her day to respond back to us."
"Jalayne doesn't quite understand it all right now, but she will one day," Sutherland said.