Monday, 25 June, 2018

Dutch queen's sister found dead at home

Royal news Queen Maxima PA GETTY Royal family news Queen Maxima's younger sister has been found dead
| 08 June, 2018, 16:14

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.

11 years ago, Queen Letizia of Spain was hit by tragedy when her 31-year-old sister Erika Ortiz died suddenly.

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

Inés Zorreguieta was 33 and is reported by local media to have taken her own life. "It is intensely sad and heartbreaking news that can hardly be comprehended for those who stay behind", Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Queen and her family.

Zorreguieta was a psychologist who worked for an office on social policies at the president's office. "I wish them all the strength necessary to carry this terrible loss together and I trust that they will get the peace and space for that".


King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands during the official picture at the state banquet in the Grand Ducal Palace on May 23, 2018 in Luxembourg, Luxembourg.

Between 2009 and 2011 she worked at the United Nations headquarters of Panama but returned to Argentina in 2012 after a breakup.

She has cancelled upcoming engagements over the coming weeks, including a Baltic tour to Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia with her husband next week.

She, her husband and their three children last flew to Argentina in 2017 for the funeral of her and Ms Zorreguieta's father, who died from cancer at 89.

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