Sister of the Queen of Holland dies of apparent suicide

Queen Maxima’s younger sister, Ines Zorreguieta, 33, was found dead yesterday in Buenos Aires (Picture: ABACA/PA)

The sister of the Queen of the Netherlands has been found hanged in her apartment in an apparent suicide.

The Dutch government has confirmed that Queen Maxima’s younger sister, Ines Zorreguieta, 33, was found dead yesterday in Buenos Aires.

A spokesperson for the Dutch Embassy in Argentina said: ‘They (local authorities) assume that it is a case of suicide.’

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte described it as ‘intensely sad and heartbreaking news.’

He added: ‘The sudden passing away of Queen Maxima’s sister comes as a great shock. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Queen and her family.

‘I wish them all the strength they need to cope with this horrible loss. I trust that they will be afforded the space and privacy they need.’

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - MAY 26: King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands during the gala banquet on the occasion of The Crown Prince's 50th birthday at Christiansborg Palace Chapel on May 26, 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)

Queen Maxima, seen here with husband King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, has cancelled all of her upcoming events, and is thought to be travelling to Argentina later today (Picture: Getty)

File photo of Queen Maxima of The Netherlands sister Ines Zorreguieta and their mother Maria Del Carmen in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 11, 2016. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is mourning the loss of her younger sister Ines Zorreguieta, who has passed away at the age of 33. Local Argentinian media have reported that In?s died of an apparent suicide. She was found at her home on Wednesday night in Buenos Aires. In?s, who worked for the government, is believed to have suffered from depression and mental health issues. Photo by Robin Utrecht/ABACAPRESS.COM

It is reported that Ines suffered from depression and mental health issues (Picture: ABACA/PA)

Ms Zorreguieta reportedly suffered from depression and mental health problems.

Her body was removed from her apartment this morning and a post-mortem examination is expected to take place in due course.

Queen Maxima, 47,  has reportedly cancelled all of her upcoming engagements and is due to fly to her native Argentina later today.

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.

Queen Maxima of The Netherlands with her parents Jorge Zorreguieta and Maria del Carmen Cerriti Zorreguieta and her sister Ines Zorreguieta visit the Universidad Catolica Argentine in Buenos Aires, 11 October 2016. Queen Maxima give an speech and answer questions of students. Queen Maxima visits Buenos Aires as United Nation??s Secretary General??s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development. Photo: Patrick van Katwijk / NETHERLANDS OUT POINT DE VUE OUT SOUTH AMERICA OUT - NO WIRE SERVICE -

Ines, pictured here with her father Jorge Zorreguieta before his death last year at the age of 89 (Picture: DPA/PA)

Ms Zorreguieta worked for the Argentine government as an official in the Ministry of Social Development.

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

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Source: http://metro.co.uk/2018/06/07/sister-of-the-queen-of-holland-dies-of-apparent-suicide-7613281

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