Dutch Princess Christina, sister of Beatrix, dies at age 72

THE HAGUE--Princess Christina, youngest sister of former Dutch queen Beatrix, has died of cancer at the age of 72. The announcement was made on Friday morning by the Government Information Service RVD.
 
The princess, the youngest of four daughters to queen Juliana, had been suffering of bone cancer for several years.
 
Princess Christina died at the Noordeinde palace in The Hague and will be cremated in a quiet ceremony with the family, the statement said.
 
King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and princess Beatrix said on Twitter they would cherish many wonderful memories of their “dear sister and aunt.” Her musical drive and her talent had an impact on many people, they said. The princess released several CDs and had performed in public.
 
Maria Christina Princess of the Netherlands, Orange-Nassau and Van Lippe-Biesterfeld, was born at Soestdijk palace on February 18, 1947. She was married in 1975 to Jorge Guillermo, with whom she had three children. The couple divorced in 1996.

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