Queen Maxima of Holland's younger sister found dead in Argentina

Sheila Mcguire
June 8, 2018

Inés' body was found in her home in Buenos Aires. As well as serving as a bridesmaid at her sister's royal wedding, the 33-year-old was the godmother of Queen Maxima's youngest daughter, 11-year-old Princess Ariane.

He added: 'The sudden passing away of Queen Maxima's sister comes as a great shock.

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

Local media said Ms Zorreguieta, a psychologist, had struggled with depression. "And I trust that they will get the peace and space for that".

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The royal house said that the Queen is "very shocked and very sad" by the news.

Queen Maxima, 47, also has two brothers, Martin and Juan, and three half siblings.

The BBC reported that Maxima canceled upcoming royal engagements, including a state visit to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

It's believed Zorreguieta took her own life.

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"It is presumed that it was a suicide", a spokesman of the Dutch government told the Argentinian newspaper, La Nacion.

Tributes were paid to her on an Instagram video her brother Martin posted a year ago of his "very lovely and talented little sister" singing and playing the guitar. She had also worked for the social development ministry in Buenos Aires province and at a United Nations office in Panama.

Last year, the sisters suffered the death of their father, Jorge Zorreguieta, who died at 89 years old in August 2017.

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.

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