Dutch queen's sister found dead at home

PA Royal news Queen Maxima's sister was the youngest child of the late Jorge Zorreguieta

PA Royal news Queen Maxima's sister was the youngest child of the late Jorge Zorreguieta

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands was "profoundly shaken and sad" upon hearing of the death of her youngest sister, a spokesperson of the royal house said Thursday.

Inés Zorreguieta, a native Argentinian, was found at her apartment in Buenos Aires. A Dutch official told NOS TV it appeared that Zorreguieta killed herself.

Queen Máxima has cancelled a string of public engagements following news of the death of her youngest sister, at the age of 33. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Queen and her family. "I wish them all the strength necessary to carry this frightful loss together and I trust that they will get the peace and space for that". I trust that they will be afforded the space and privacy they need'.

It's understood King Willem-Alexander will carry out next week's state visit next week to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania alone, according to the BBC.

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

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Maxima was born and raised in Argentina until she met her now-husband 1999 and moved to the Netherlands. Zorreguieta worked as a civil servant in Buenos Aires and was a guitarist.

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.

According to reports, Inés Zorreguieta had been suffering from depression. She was 33 years old.

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

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