Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Inés Zorreguieta, sister to Dutch Queen Maxima, dead at 33

PA Royal news Queen Maxima's sister was the youngest child of the late Jorge Zorreguieta PA Royal news Queen Maxima's sister was the youngest child of the late Jorge Zorreguieta
Freda Brock | 08 June, 2018, 16:13

Ms Ortiz was an interior designer for a TV production company and had recently separated from her partner Antonio Vigo, whom she shared six-year-old daughter, Carla, with.

A spokesperson for the palace issued a statement last night, saying the queen is "shocked and devastated" at her sister's death and immediately flew to Argentina with her husband, Prince Willem-Alexander.

The body of Ines Zorreguieta, 33, was found in her home in the Argentine capital.

The monarch, a native Argentinian, was "very shocked and very sad" following her sister's death, the Dutch royal house said.

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.

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Investigating prosecutors in Argentina said that Zorreguieta was found dead on Wednesday evening by her mother and a friend, who called 911. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Queen and her family.

Zorreguieta worked for the government for the social development ministry in Buenos Aires and previously at a United Nations office in Panama and as a psychologist for an office on social policies at the president's office. I wish them all the strength necessary to carry this disgusting loss together. King Willem-Alexander will travel alone to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

Her father, Jorge Horacio Zorreguieta, who served as agriculture minister during Argentina's brutal military dictatorship, died past year in Buenos Aires aged 89.

Jorge Zorreguieta worked as agriculture minister during Argentina's brutal military dictatorship.

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