Letters written by British monarch Queen Elizabeth II to her hat-maker will go under the hammer in London later this month (Mar15).

The notes, addressed to Philip Somerville, give a rare insight into the royal's private life, and in one she mentions her love of her Corgi dogs after Somerville gave her a china model as a gift.

Her Majesty wrote, "Thank you so much for the charming china Corgi you gave me for Christmas. I am so pleased to have it and it is a good portrayal of the breed."

The handwritten notes are going up for sale following the death of Somerville in September (14).

They will be auctioned at Fraser's Autographs and are expected to fetch around $3,200 (£2,000).