Sister of Dutch queen dies in Argentina

Sister of Dutch queen dies in Argentina

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

Dutch broadcaster NOS reported that the sister of the Argentinian-born queen likely committed suicide, citing a government spokesperson.

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

Queen Maxima's sister Inés Zorreguieta was found dead of an apparent suicide on June 6.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte issued condolences to the royal family, calling the loss "a great shock".

Ms 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 awful loss together.

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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.

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

Inés was also godmother to Queen Maxima's youngest daughter Princess Ariane, 11.

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.

Inés and Maxima's father, Jorge Zorreguieta, passed away in August 2017 after years of ill health.

His past caused some controversy in the Netherlands, and prompted a debate in the Dutch parliament ahead of his daughter's marriage to the crown prince.

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