Queen Máxima of the Netherlands has been ordered to rest by her doctors. As a result, her upcoming trip to Tanzania that she was to undertake as the Special Advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Inclusive Finance for Development has been cancelled. She was due to visit the African country on the 6th and 7th of this month.
The Queen is believed to be suffering from a bowel or stomach infection, and more tests will be run to confirm. It is not known how long the Queen will be on rest or when she will return to work.
The Government Information Service (or RVD) in the Netherlands made the announcement yesterday stating:
“Her Majesty Queen Máxima has been told to rest by her doctor. Following several health complaints, a bowel/stomach infection is suspected.
“Further tests will have to confirm this. As a consequence, she will cancel the trip to Tanzania that was supposed to take place on the 6th and 7th of November. She was supposed to undertake the trip in her role as Special Advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Inclusive Finance for Development.”
The RVD’s announcement came yesterday, but Her Majesty still attended one scheduled engagement regarding suicide prevention. This topic is close to the Queen’s heart as her younger sister committed suicide in Argentina earlier this year.
Queen Máxima has been the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA) since September 2009. She was promoted to the role by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. She travels extensively across the globe in her role to discuss financial inclusion problems and opportunities, especially in the developing world.