Dutch queen's sister found dead at Buenos Aires home

Bessie Dean
June 8, 2018

Queen Maxima, of the Dutch Royal Family, has made a decision to cancel her public appearances in the coming days in light of the bad news that her sister has passed away.

Maxima had a close relationship with her youngest sister, who was a bridesmaid at her wedding to Willem-Alexander, and a godmother to Ariane, the third child of the Dutch royals.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands' sister was found dead of an apparent suicide on Wednesday night, the BBC reports.

"The sudden death of Queen Máxima's sister comes as a big shock".

Inés Zorreguieta was 33 and is understood to have taken her own life. It is intensely sad and heartbreaking news that can hardly be comprehended by those who stay behind.

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"With our hearts and our thoughts we are with the queen and her family".

The father of Inés and Maxima, Jorge Zorreguieta, served as agriculture minister during Argentina's brutal military dictatorship and died past year of Hodgkin's lymphoma at 89.

Other details about her death were not immediately available, but Zorreguieta had reportedly suffered from eating disorders and depression. "And I trust that they will get the peace and space for that".

She is said to have worked as a civil servant in Buenos Aires.

His post caused an uproar in the Netherlands - the Dutch parliament held a Debate before Maxima married the crown prince and her father wasn't allowed to attend their nuptials. For a list of other nations' helplines, see this page.

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