Sister of Dutch Queen Maxima found dead in Argentina

08 June, 2018, 16:16 | Author: Valerie Santiago
  • PA Royal news Queen Maxima's sister was the youngest child of the late Jorge Zorreguieta

Argentinian authorities are still investigating the 33-year-old's death but they too have pointed to suicide.

The youngest sister of Queen Maxima of Holland has been found dead in her apartment in Argentina's capital.

Dutch Princess Ariane is carried by the sister of Queen Maxima to her baptism ceremony in the Kloosterkerk in The Hague on October 20, 2007. She was godmother to the royal couple's youngest daughter, Princess Ariane, 11.

Dutch state-run news agency RVD said the queen was "very shocked and very upset by the news". A Dutch government spokesperson told Dutch NOS TV that her death appeared to be suicide.

The body of Zorreguieta was found on Wednesday evening at her apartment in Buenos Aires.

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

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. "Therefore, we will be with her ... to facilitate everything connected with the case, with a possible arrival from her or her family members, to participate in the funeral of her sister", he said.

Ms Zorreguieta is believed to have suffered from depression. She had also worked for the social development ministry in Buenos Aires province and at a United Nations office in Panama.

Her father Jorge Zorreguieta, Argentina's former agriculture minister, died previous year.

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

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