Sister of Dutch Queen Maxima found dead in Argentina

Sister of Dutch Queen Maxima found dead in Argentina

She was 33 years old.

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

Argentina-born Queen Maxima has cancelled all engagements on her upcoming agenda, the Royal Palace has confirmed.

A sister of Queen Maxima of the Netherlands has been found hanged at her home in Buenos Aires, according to reports in Argentinian media.

Her body was found Wednesday night by her mother María del Carmen Cerruti and a friend of Zorreguieta, said news agency EFE.

A Dutch government spokesperson told Dutch NOS TV that Zorreguieta's death appeared to have been suicide.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte issued condolences to the royal family, calling the loss "a great shock".




Ms Zorreguieta worked for the Argentine government as an official in the Ministry of Social Development.

'I wish them all the strength they need to cope with this terrible loss.

Zorreguieta enjoyed a close relationship with her sister, Máxima, and was bridesmaid at her wedding to the then Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander in 2002.

Between 2009 and 2011 she worked at the United Nations headquarters of Panama but returned to Argentina in 2012 after a breakup.

Inés and Maxima's father, Jorge Zorreguieta, passed away in August 2017 after years of ill health. She was suffering from depression, the BBC reported.

His past caused some controversy in the Netherlands, and prompted a debate in the Dutch parliament ahead of his daughter's marriage to the crown prince.

Queen Maxima is the wife of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, who ascended to the throne in 2013.

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