Dutch queen's sister found dead at home

Dutch queen's sister found dead at home

(AAP) The 33-year-old was found in her apartment.

"The sudden death of Queen Máxima's sister comes as a big shock".

The King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, and Queen Maxima are flying to Argentina for the funeral.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, seen here with her husband, King Willem-Alexander, in 2017, was close to her sister, who was godmother to her third child, Princess Ariane.

Understandably, the Queen is shocked and very upset. A Dutch government spokesperson told Dutch NOS TV that her death appeared to be suicide.

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.

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Inés Zorreguieta was 33 and is understood to have taken her own life. It is intensely sad and heartbreaking news that can hardly be comprehended for those who stay behind. I wish them all the strength necessary to carry this disgusting loss together.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. She has since canceled her forthcoming engagements including a state visit to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania next week.

Inés and Maxima's father, Jorge Zorreguieta, died past year at the age of 89.

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

Ms Zorreguieta studied psychology at a university in Argentina and worked for the government there as an official in the Ministry of Social Development.

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

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