Queen Máxima of the Netherlands' 33-year-old sister has died in apparent suicide

Inés Zorreguieta
Inés Zorreguieta – pictured here with her sister Queen Máxima of the Netherlands – has sadly passed away aged 33 [Photo: Getty]

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands’ younger sister, Inés Zorreguieta, has sadly passed away at the age of 33 in an apparent suicide.

According to local Argentinian media outlets, she was found dead at her Buenos Aires home on Wednesday night and is believed to have been suffering from depression.

A Dutch government spokesperson told Dutch NOS TV that her reason for death is most likely to be suicide.

Inés worked as a civil servant for the Argentinian government in the Ministry of Social Development.

She was also the godmother of Queen Máxima’s youngest daughter, Princess Ariane, and was the youngest child of the late Jorge Zorreguieta (who passed away last year) and María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart.

Inés Zorreguieta
Queen Máxima photographed with her husband King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands [Photo: Getty]

Dutch newspaper, De Volkskrant, reports that Queen Máxima is “shocked and devastated” by the news of her sister’s death.

The Dutch Queen is expected to fly home to her native Argentina for the funeral, as she did for her father’s burial back in August 2017.

As a consequence to the tragic news, the royal will no longer be joining her husband, King Willem-Alexander, on their upcoming tour of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia next week.

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