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Royal House: Father of Dutch Queen dies of cancer

By Reuters
Enrique Marcarian | REUTERS | BDN
Enrique Marcarian | REUTERS | BDN
Former Argentine Agriculture Minister under the 1976-83 military dictatorship, Jorge Zorreguieta, enters an auditorium in a Buenos Aires hotel to attend a business forum, April 6, 2001.

AMSTERDAM — Jorge Zorreguieta, the father of the Netherlands’ Argentine-born queen Maxima, has died in Buenos Aires of cancer at age 89, the Royal House said on Wednesday.

Zorreguieta served as Argentina’s Minister of Agriculture during the violent regime of General Jorge Rafael Videla. Because of that association, he was barred from attending key ceremonies involving the Dutch Royal House, including his daughter’s 2002 marriage to then Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, as well as Willem-Alexander’s 2013 accession to the throne.

The Royal House said Zorreguieta would be buried in “closed circle” with Maxima, Willem-Alexander and their three daughters in attendance.

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