Queen Maxima of The Netherlands has broken her silence on her sister Inés Zorreguieta’s suicide. While returning to her royal duties on Tuesday, June 19, the Dutch monarch tearfully paid tribute to her younger sibling with a rare statement during her visit to the UMC Groningen Proton Therapy Center.
"Today is my first day back at work after a difficult time. And actually, I’m happy that I could pay this visit to the Proton Therapy Center in Groningen, because this place means so much to people with cancer. People who are sick, yet who hope for a cure. My dear, gifted little sister Inés was sick too. She could find no joy, and she could not be cured," she said.
Maxima spoke about her sister's death on June 19, while returning to her royal duties Photo: ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Queen Maxima added, "Our only comfort is that she has now at last found peace. And I would like to say how very grateful we are for the countless letters, messages and tokens of sympathy that we have received. They have really helped us. I’d also like to say thank you for the respect that everyone has shown my family in this very dark period. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
The 47-year-old along with her husband King Willem-Alexander, 51, and their three daughters — Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia, 14, Princess Ariane, 11, and Princess Alexia, 12 — traveled to Argentina for the funeral earlier this month. Maxima’s sister was found at her home in Buenos Aires on June 6. A palace spokesperson said Her Majesty was "deeply shocked and devastated" to learn of her sister's tragic death.
Due to her sister’s death, the Queen took a break from her royal duties and pulled out of her and the King’s Baltic state visits. Instead Willem-Alexander traveled to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania solo, though he was constantly checking on his wife. “Of course, it’s a shame when your buddy isn’t here but she has good reason not be here. I am constantly in touch with her and with the children as well, because they were are home alone,” the Dutch King said (via Royal Central). “They have support, of course, but I wanted to be sure that they wouldn’t fall into a black hole after visiting Buenos Aires.”