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

Danny Woods
June 8, 2018

Tributes were paid to the "very handsome and talented" Zorreguieta on a video her brother Martin posted of her singing and playing the guitar past year.

The prosecutor's office confirmed the death of Queen Maxima's younger sister, "with no foul play suspected so far", the judicial authority stated on its website. Zorreguieta was also godmother to the couple's third child, her 11-year-old niece Princess Ariane of the Netherlands.

The monarch, a native Argentinian, was "very shocked and very sad" following her sister's death, the Dutch royal house said.

"It is presumed that it was a suicide", a spokesperson for the Dutch government told Argentinian newspaper La Nacion. Reports of her receiving medical treatment for problems with her diet and depression began circulating when she returned to the country.

The sister of the Queen of the Netherlands has been found hanged in her apartment in an apparent suicide. It is intensely sad and heartbreaking news that can hardly be comprehended for those who stay behind.

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

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Ms Zorreguieta studied psychology at a university in Argentina and worked for the government there as an official in the Ministry of Social Development. "I wish them all the strength necessary to carry this disgusting loss together and I trust that they will get the peace and space for that".

Maxima, who is the Queen of Netherlands since 2013 and renounced her Argentine nationality by marrying the then-prince Willem-Alexander in 2002, cancelled public appearances, including a trip to the United States scheduled for next week.

Her father, Jorge Horacio Zorreguieta, died previous year in Buenos Aires at age 89.

Jorge Zorreguieta worked as agriculture minister during Argentina's brutal military dictatorship.

Queen Maxima called off state visits for the next week, including a planned trip to the Baltic states.

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