Dutch Queen Maxima's sister Ines Zorreguieta dies in Argentina

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Dutch Queen Maxima's sister Ines Zorreguieta dies in Argentina

The youngest sister of Queen Maxima of the Netherlands has been found dead in her Buenos Aires apartment, Argentine officials said.

Ines Zorreguieta (second from left back row), sister of Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, has died in Argentina. In 2010, while she attended the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Zorreguieta wrote a thesis centered on suicide in order to receive her psychology degree.

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.

Maxima, 47, who's originally from Argentina, was quoted in a statement by the royal household as "very shocked and sad". "I wish them all the strength necessary to carry this disgusting loss together and I trust that they will get the peace and space for that". She was godmother to the royal couple's youngest daughter, Princess Ariane, 11. "And I trust that they will get the peace and space for that".

It's understood King Willem-Alexander will carry out next week's state visit next week to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania alone, according to the BBC.

Her death comes 10 months after the death of Maxima's father Jorge Zorreguieta, who died at the age of 89 from cancer.

Queen Maxima, a native Argentinian, married then Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander in 2002.

She is said to have worked as a civil servant in Buenos Aires.

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