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Heartbreaking Photo Shows ASOS Tycoon's Three Children Being Laid To Rest

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Heartbreaking Photo Shows ASOS Tycoon's Three Children Being Laid To Rest

Today marks the day three victims of the attacks were laid to rest. They were three siblings and the children of ASOS tycoon Anders Holch Povlsen.

Anders Holch Povlsen and wife Anne, attend the funeral service for their three children at Aarhus Cathedral, Denmark, Saturday May 4. Credit: PA
Anders Holch Povlsen and wife Anne, attend the funeral service for their three children at Aarhus Cathedral, Denmark, Saturday May 4. Credit: PA

The funeral of Mr Povlsen's son Alfred and daughters Alma and Agnes was held at Aarhus Cathedral in Denmark earlier today.

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According to the Mirror, the service was attended by members of the Danish Royal Family as well as the country's Prime Minister, Lars Lokke Rasmussen.

A heartbreaking photograph shows three small coffins decked with pink and purple flowers.

The children's coffins. Credit: PA
The children's coffins. Credit: PA

During a memorial service last week, Mr Povlsen described the family's loss as 'utterly incomprehensible' but he went on to thank family, friends and neighbours for their love and support, promising to come through the tragedy 'together'.

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The MailOnline reported that Mr Povlsen was staying with his family at the Shangri-La Hotel in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo when it was hit by suicide bombers.

Mr Povlsen's third daughter, Astrid, survived the blast and it was claimed that he was injured in the attacks himself - though it has not been disclosed how seriously he was hurt.

Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen, right, arrives for the funeral service for the three children of the CEO of clothing brand Bestseller, Anders Holch Povlsen and wife Anne. Credit: PA
Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen, right, arrives for the funeral service for the three children of the CEO of clothing brand Bestseller, Anders Holch Povlsen and wife Anne. Credit: PA

Mr Povlsen owns Bestseller, a sustainable clothing chain which is the home of well-known brands such as Jack & Jones and Vera Moda. He is also the biggest shareholder in ASOS, as well as the UK's biggest private landowner.

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Bestseller, confirmed the tragic news at the time, saying: "Unfortunately, we can confirm the reports. We ask you to respect the privacy of the family and we therefore have no further comments."

Bestseller CEO Anders Holch Povlsen in 2017. Credit: PA
Bestseller CEO Anders Holch Povlsen in 2017. Credit: PA

Authorities in Sri Lanka confirmed that the original death toll was much higher than originally reported, with around 290 people now confirmed dead.

A further 500 were injured in the blasts, which hit a number of locations across the island over the Easter weekend, with the capital Colombo affected heavily.

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Sri Lankans light candles and pray outside St. Anthony's Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Credit: PA
Sri Lankans light candles and pray outside St. Anthony's Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Credit: PA

The country's finance minister, Mangala Samaraweera, claimed the bombings were an attempt to drag Sri Lanka back into a civil war.

He called the attacks 'a diabolic attempt to create racial and religious tensions in this country yet again, thereby pulling the country backwards just as we as a country - economically, socially and otherwise - are recovering from the protracted war which destroyed the fabric of our nation for nearly 30 years'.

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Sri Lankan police have arrested 24 people in connection to the attacks but it is not yet clear as to who was behind them.

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Topics: News, sri lanka

Rebecca Shepherd
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