Dutch queen's sister found dead at Buenos Aires home

Joann Johnston
June 8, 2018

Zorreguieta appears to have committed suicide, the Dutch embassy in Argentina told Euronews in an email.

She was a bridesmaid for her sister's 2002 marriage to then-Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, and goddaughter for the couple's youngest daughter, 11-year-old Princess Ariane.

Zorreguieta was a civil servant for the Argentinian government in the Ministry of Social Development, a godmother of the queen's youngest daughter, Princess Ariane, and youngest child of María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart and the late Jorge Zorreguieta, who died just a year ago.

As a result of Inés Zorreguieta's sudden death, Queen Maxima has canceled her upcoming events.

Inés Zorreguieta was 33 and is reported by local media to have taken her own life.

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The father of Inés and Maxima, Jorge Zorreguieta, served as agriculture minister during Argentina's brutal military dictatorship and died past year of Hodgkin's lymphoma at 89. "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".

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.

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

Other details about her death were not immediately available, but Zorreguieta had reportedly suffered from eating disorders and depression.

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