Couple’s tribute to Queen after ‘lookalike’ daughter received royal letter

An American couple have planned a sweet tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The 96-year-old monarch sent Katelyn Sutherland, 31, and her husband Aaron, 34, a "heart-warming" note after they wrote to her about their "lookalike" daughter.

After hearing the sad news of Her Majesty's death the married couple have now decided to name their unborn child Elizabeth after her in a touching tribute.

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The parents sent the Queen a picture of their daughter, Jalayne, now two, dressed just like her.

Katelyn and Aaron decided to dress their little girl in a miniature Queen Elizabeth II outfit for Halloween last year.

She was fully kitted out in a light blue coat and hat, with white shoes, a miniature handbag and a grey wig – while flanked by the couple’s two corgis.

The proud mother took a picture of her daughter standing with their two pups, before later deciding to send the photo to the British monarch on a whim.

The married couple, from suburban Kentucky, said they never expected to get a return letter from the palace.

They said that they were "amazed" when the reply came in the post with the Queen calling the pictures of the little girl "splendid".

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Dated December 9 last year, the letter thanked Katelyn for her photo and wished her family a “Merry Christmas”.

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Katelyn said: “Truly, I never thought we’d hear anything, you know, because to me being in the US, she’s so far away and out of reach.

“But the fact that she took time out of her day to send us something small like that back was just so amazing and heart-warming. It was just amazing.”

Katelyn said she was “really sad” to learn about the Queen’s death on Thursday, adding that she had been a “role model” for people around the world.

She said: “We were really sad to hear that news, and although we don’t know her personally, we do feel connected to her, with everything that has happened with my daughter and the letter.

"Although she’s not our queen, given that we’re in the United States, she is definitely a role model to me and my daughter."

The mum explained the plans for the tribute, as she added: “Now I’m pregnant, and we don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl, but my husband’s grandma is also named Elizabeth, so it is in the running as one of the names if it’s a girl.”

Katelyn says the treasured letter, which hangs in her dining room, will serve as a reminder of The Queen’s enduring legacy now she’s passed away.

She said: “I’m very grateful that I have our letter to hold onto as something from her. But I morn the part that my daughter won’t have her as a constant, like I did throughout my life.

“I mourn that that there won’t be any more future things from her, so it’s just going to be really important to share all the things that she has done and keep reminding our daughter how special she was.”


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