Jorge Zorreguieta’s funeral is expected to take place as soon as today or tomorrow. It is an Argentine custom that funerals take place quite soon after death. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands’s father died yesterday at the age of 89, with his daughter by his side. As the funeral is set to take place in private it is not expected that the RVD (Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst or government information office) will give any further information. King Willem-Alexander and his three daughters arrived in Argentina this morning and will attend the funeral. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this time of mourning.
Jorge Zorreguieta was born in 1928, in Buenos Aires, the son of Cesina María Stefanini Borella and Juan Antonio Zorreguieta Bonorino. 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 stepped down as Secretary in 1981 and became the president of the president of the Centro Argentino Azucarero, an advisory body for sugar producers in Argentina.
He was also chairman of the supervisory organization for food Coordinadora de la Industria de Productos Alimenticios (Copal). When the news broke that Jorge Zorreguieta’s daughter was to marry the future King of the Netherlands, it caused controversy due to the many atrocities against civilians under Argentine President Videla. He claimed to have been unaware of the estimated 10,000 – 30,000 people who were kidnapped and murdered.
A professor who carried out an inquiry into Jorge Zorreguieta concluded that it would have been unlikely for a person in such a position to have been unaware of what was going on. Despite this, the marriage between Máxima and Willem-Alexander was approved, because Máxima herself had done nothing wrong. However, Jorge Zorreguieta was not allowed to attend the wedding.