33-year-old sister of Dutch queen dies in Argentina

PA Royal news Queen Maxima's sister was the youngest child of the late Jorge Zorreguieta

The 33-year-old is believed to have died of an apparent suicide.

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

Inés Zorreguieta, the younger sister of Dutch Queen Maxima and a psychologist working for the Argentinian government, died Thursday, officials in the Netherlands announced.

Máxima said in a reaction that she is "very shocked and very upset" by the news, the RVD said.

Zorreguieta's body was found in her flat in Buenos Aires, the Argentinian news agency Telam reported.

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte issued condolences to the royal family, calling the loss "a great shock". "I wish them all the strength necessary to carry this terrible loss together and I trust that they will get the peace and space for that". She had also worked for the social development ministry in Buenos Aires province and at a United Nations office in Panama.

The BBC reported that Maxima canceled upcoming royal engagements, including a state visit to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Zorreguieta was the godmother of the royal couple's youngest daughter Princess Ariane and was a maid of honour at the queen's wedding with Dutch King Willem-Alexander in 2002. Reports of her receiving medical treatment for problems with her diet and depression began circulating when she returned to the country.

Her father, Jorge Horacio Zorreguieta, died past year in Buenos Aires aged 89 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

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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