Dutch queen's sister found dead at home

08 June, 2018, 16:16 | Author: Sheri Evans
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Tributes were paid to her on an Instagram video her brother Martin posted a year ago of his "very lovely and talented little sister" singing and playing the guitar.

He said in a statement: "The sudden death of the sister of the Queen comes as a great shock".

Dutch Princess Ariane is carried by the sister of Queen Maxima to her baptism ceremony in the Kloosterkerk in The Hague on October 20, 2007.

The youngest sister of Queen Maxima of Holland has been found dead in her apartment in Argentina's capital.

Dutch state-run news agency RVD said the queen was "very shocked and very upset by the news".

"It is presumed that it was a suicide", a spokesperson for the Dutch government told Argentinian newspaper La Nacion.

Inés Zorreguieta [left] was found dead in her Buenos Aires apartment. She was suffering from depression, the BBC reported.

Queen Maxima is the wife of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, who ascended to the throne in 2013.

She was also godmother to Queen Maxima's 11-year-old daughter Princess Ariane and the youngest daughter of Jorge Zorreguieta and María del Carmen Cerruti.

She was a civil servant who had been working for the Argentinian government since 2016, in an office that oversees social policies. She had also worked for the social development ministry in Buenos Aires province and at a United Nations office in Panama.

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.

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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