Queen Maxima of the Netherlands becomes emotional during a visit to a suicide prevention hotline in Amsterdam – five months after her sister Ines took her own life

  • Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited a suicide prevention hotline today 
  • The 47-year-old’s younger sister Ines, 33, took her own life in June this year 
  • Maxima appeared emotional as she heard more about the crisis organisation 

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands became emotional during a visit to a suicide prevention hotline today – five months after her sister took her own life.

The Dutch royal, 47, toured the Amsterdam headquarters of 113 Suicide Prevention, an organisation that provides support for people in crisis across the country.

The cause is one incredibly close to Maxima’s heart. Her younger sister Ines Zorreguieta, 33, was found hanged at her apartment in Buenos Aires in June after reportedly battling with depression and mental health issues.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands became emotional during a visit to a suicide prevention hotline today (pictured) – five months after her sister took her own life

The Dutch royal, 47, visited the Amsterdam headquarters of 113 Suicide Prevention, an organisation that provides support for people in crisis across the country 

The cause is one incredibly close to Maxima’s heart after her younger sister Ines Zorreguieta, 33, took her own life in June this year. Pictured, Ines in 2007

Maxima, known for her broad smile and enthusiasm at public appearances, appeared solemn as she arrived for the engagement today. 

Dressed in a clay coloured dress and matching wrap coat, Maxima flashed only the slightest smile as she made her way inside.   


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The queen consort, who is married to King Willem-Alexander, 51, spent time speaking to volunteers and touring the facility.

At one point she appeared to wipe something from her eye as she took part in a round table discussion. 

Maxima, known for her broad smile and enthusiasm at public appearances, appeared solemn as she arrived for the engagement today, pictured

At one point she appeared to wipe something from her eye as she took part in a round table discussion

The queen consort, who is married to King Willem-Alexander, 51, spent time speaking to volunteers and touring the facility, pictured

Maxima’s sister was a psychologist who worked for an office on social policies at the president’s office.

Inés was also godmother to Queen Maxima’s 11-year-old daughter Princess Ariane.

Following news of her sister’s death, Maxima cancelled all engagements and flew to Argentina to be with her family.

The following month she broke her silence to say: ‘My sweet and talented younger sister Ines was also ill. She was unable to find happiness and sadly couldn’t get better.

The royal lowered her head as she made her way inside the headquarters of 113 Suicide Prevention for a visit marking the organisation’s 10th anniversary

Dressed in a clay coloured dress and matching wrap coat, Maxima flashed only the slightest smile as she made her way inside

She added: ‘Our only consolation is to think that she has finally found peace.’ 

Inés was the youngest daughter of government minister Jorge Zorreguieta and his second wife María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart’s children.

The Zorreguieta family have been landed gentry, professionals, politicians, and statesmen for generations.

Inés and Queen Maxima have two brothers as well as three half-sisters; Maria, Dolores and Angeles.

Following news of her sister’s death, Maxima cancelled all engagements and flew to Argentina to be with her family. Pictured, the Dutch royal today

For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local branch. See www.samaritans.org for details 

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