Dutch queen's sister found dead at Buenos Aires home

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

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands' sister was found dead of an apparent suicide on Wednesday night, the BBC reports. As well as serving as a bridesmaid at her sister's royal wedding, the 33-year-old was the godmother of Queen Maxima's youngest daughter, 11-year-old Princess Ariane.

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

A Dutch government spokesperson told Dutch NOS TV that Zorreguieta's death appeared to have been suicide.

Zorreguieta was found dead in her Buenos Aires apartment, Argentine officials said.

Argentina's Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie expressed his condolences to Queen Maxima on behalf of Argentina.

Queen Maxima, a native Argentinian, married then Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander in 2002. King Willem-Alexander will travel alone to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

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

It is believed she suffered from depression and mental health issues.

Ms Zorreguieta was a psychologist who worked for an office on social policies at the president's office. She had also worked for the social development ministry in Buenos Aires province and at a United Nations office in Panama.

It has been a tough year for the Dutch royal as last summer she flew to Argentina to attend the funeral of her father Jorge Zorreguieta, who died of cancer aged 89.

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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