Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Queen Letizia suffered same family heartache as Queen Maxima 11 years ago

Queen Letizia suffered same family heartache as Queen Maxima 11 years ago

Tributes were paid to her on an Instagram video her brother Martin posted previous year of his "very attractive and talented little sister" singing and playing the guitar.

Ines Zorreguieta (second from left back row), sister of Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, has died in Argentina.

Maxima was born and raised in Argentina until she met her now-husband 1999 and moved to the Netherlands.

The Queen, originally from Argentina, was said by the royal household to be "very shocked and very sad".

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

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

The sister of the Queen of the Netherlands has been found hanged in her apartment in an apparent suicide. She said in an email that no further details were available.

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.

Queen Maxima, 47, has two other brothers, Martin and Juan, and three half-siblings, the BBC reported.

It's believed Zorreguieta took her own life.

Ms Zorreguieta was a psychologist who worked for an office on social policies at the president's office.

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

Last year, the sisters suffered the death of their father, Jorge Zorreguieta, who died at 89 years old in August 2017.

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