Queen Maxima's controversial father dies, royals to attend funeral

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

Born in 1928, in Buenos Aires, he became the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture after the 1976 Argentine coup d'état of General Videla and was the Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock from March 1979 until March 1981. He had been ill for some time.

Not easy to be there for our loved ones, when more than 11 000 km apart... queen Maxima of the netherlands left the last weekend (5-6 August 2017) and her husband king Willem-Alexander and their three daughters to go to Argentina, his native country, and visit his father, hospitalized.

Maxima's father was a controversial topic in the Netherlands because of his participation in the Argentine government under the military dictatorship of General Rafael Videla in the late 70s. But Dutch politicians refused to have him in the Netherlands for Maxima and Willem-Alexander's wedding in February 2002.

That report concluded that it was "unthinkable" that Zorreguieta knew nothing of the human rights abuses but was unlikely to have been involved himself. He has always denied any knowledge of the killings.

Prime minister Mark Rutte has expressed his condolences to the royal family on behalf of the cabinet. 'I with them, their daughters and other members of the family strength and courage at this hard time, ' Rutte said.

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