Queen Maxima of Holland's younger sister found dead in Argentina

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Queen Maxima, of the Dutch Royal Family, has chose to cancel her public appearances in the coming days in light of the awful news that her sister has passed away.

Dutch state-run news agency RVD said the queen was "very shocked and very upset by the news". After finding the young woman unconscious they called Argentinian authorities who proclaimed her dead.

Zorreguieta was found dead in her apartment in Buenos Aires.

Maxima, 47, who's originally from Argentina, was quoted in a statement by the royal household as "very shocked and sad".

She is said to have worked as a civil servant in Buenos Aires. She is also godmother to the couple's youngest daughter, 11-year-old Princess Ariane.


Zorreguieta and the Queen had a close relationship, as Zorreguieta was a bridesmaid at her older sister's 2002 wedding to then Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander. Her expected schedule had included the opening of musical event the Holland Festival, and next week's royal tour of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

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

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

A prosecutor was tasked with investigating the circumstances of her death, Telam reported. Her father Jorge Zorreguieta, Argentina's former agriculture minister, died previous year.

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