Queen Maxima too sick to travel

Dutch Queen Máxima, 47, is forced to cancel a string of engagements – including a trip to Tanzania – on doctors’ advice after falling ill with a suspected ‘intestinal infection’

  • Dutch royal family confirmed cancellations in a statement this week 
  • The Queen, 47, is suffering with a suspected intestinal infection  
  • Queen Maxima most recently made a visit to a suicide prevention hotline centre
  • The royal made state visit to the UK with King Willem-Alexander last month

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands has been forced to cancel a string of upcoming engagements – including a visit to Tanzania – due to ill health.

The Dutch royal, 47, who recently enjoyed a state visit to the UK with her husband King Willem-Alexander, 51, is believed to be suffering with a suspected intestinal infection.

The news was announced by the royal family this week in a short statement that said: ‘Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will not be carrying out any official duties for the coming period on the advice of her doctor.

‘Her health symptoms point to an intestinal infection. Further tests will be done to confirm this diagnosis.’

It’s been announced that Queen Maxima has cancelled her upcoming engagements due to a suspected 

Argentine-born royal made a state visit to the UK with her husband King Willem-Alexander where she enjoyed the company of the British royal family including HRH Queen Elizabeth

Queen Máxima was due to undertake a trip to Tanzania in her role as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, which has been cancelled.  

The news follows the Argentine-born royal’s most recent engagement last Friday, when she toured the Amsterdam headquarters of 113 Suicide Prevention, an organisation that provides support for people in crisis across the country. 

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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 this year after reportedly battling with depression and mental health issues.

The queen consort spent time speaking to volunteers and touring the facility.

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

Britain rolled out the red carpet for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima as the two nations marked the first state visit from a sitting Dutch monarch for almost 40 years

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.

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

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.

Queen Maxima received a warm welcome from the British royal family when she attended a jam-packed state visit

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