October 27, 2015 / 3:01 PM / in 3 years

Dutch Queen Maxima to return to Netherlands due to infected kidney

Queen Maxima (L) smiles as she and Dutch King Willem-Alexander look at medical equipment at the 'Draeger' medical facility as part of their visit in the northern German city of Luebeck, March 19, 2015. REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will cut short a state visit to China and return to the Netherlands due to a kidney infection, the Royal House said on Tuesday.

Maxima, 44, was in China with King Willem-Alexander when she developed a fever and back pain. She will be admitted to the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague for further testing and treatment after flying back Tuesday evening, it said.

Willem-Alexander will stay in China through Thursday to complete a programme with Chinese officials.

Maxima, an Argentine, is the most popular member of the House of Orange, as the Dutch royal house is known. The couple have three daughters.

In a rare personal message King Willem-Alexander tweeted: “Many thanks for all the wishes for a speedy recovery. I will pass them on to my wife.”

Willem-Alexander became king in 2013 after the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix, making Maxima the first Dutch queen consort since 1890.

Reporting By Anthony Deutsch

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