Spot the Signs. According to Alison Green, who writes the blog Ask a Manager, this is common practice for some industries, especially if you're leaving to work for a direct competitor. However, in those situations, you'll likely know it's coming and can prepare accordingly.
Even if you're not close with your boss, chances are you have a working, first_name_basis relationship. Maintaining that in your official letter is okay. You don't need to keep a Victorian level of formality here__just make sure it's a professional tone.