Sri Lanka terror attack: Funeral service is held for Asos billionaire’s three children

An emotional funeral service is being held for the three children of a billionaire Asos tycoon who were killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.

Anders Holch Povlsen lost his son Alfred and daughters Alma and Agnes in the attacks targeting Christians and foreign tourists last month, while his third daughter Astrid survived.

Today a funeral was held for Mr Povlsen’s children in Aarhus, Denmark, where they are from. The family also own several Scottish estates.

Mr Povlsen was staying with his family at the Shangri-La Hotel in the capital of Colombo when it was hit by suicide bombers Zahran Hashim, suspected plot mastermind, and Ilham Ibrahim, the son of a millionaire spice merchant.

It is thought he was injured in the attacks himself, though it is not clear how seriously he was hurt. Denmark’s ambassador to India, Peter Taksøe-Jensen, confirmed that one family member was injured but was discharged and returned home. 

Flowers are pictured covering the coffins of ASOS billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen's three children Alfred, Alma and Agnes as they arrive at Aarhus Catherdral in Denmark today

Flowers are pictured covering the coffins of ASOS billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen's three children Alfred, Alma and Agnes as they arrive at Aarhus Catherdral in Denmark today

Flowers are pictured covering the coffins of ASOS billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s three children Alfred, Alma and Agnes as they arrive at Aarhus Catherdral in Denmark today 

An emotional funeral service is being held for the three children of the billionaire Asos tycoon who were killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka

An emotional funeral service is being held for the three children of the billionaire Asos tycoon who were killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka

An emotional funeral service is being held for the three children of the billionaire Asos tycoon who were killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka

Friends and family left floral arrangements outside the church in Copenhagen, Denmark, earlier today as Anders Holch Povlsen held a funeral for his son Alfred and daughters Alma and Agnes today

Friends and family left floral arrangements outside the church in Copenhagen, Denmark, earlier today as Anders Holch Povlsen held a funeral for his son Alfred and daughters Alma and Agnes today

Friends and family left floral arrangements outside the church in Copenhagen, Denmark, earlier today as Anders Holch Povlsen held a funeral for his son Alfred and daughters Alma and Agnes today

Mr Povlsen was staying with his family at the Shangri-La Hotel in the capital of Colombo when it was hit by suicide bombers Zahran Hashim, suspected plot mastermind, and Ilham Ibrahim, the son of a millionaire spice merchant

Mr Povlsen was staying with his family at the Shangri-La Hotel in the capital of Colombo when it was hit by suicide bombers Zahran Hashim, suspected plot mastermind, and Ilham Ibrahim, the son of a millionaire spice merchant

Mr Povlsen was staying with his family at the Shangri-La Hotel in the capital of Colombo when it was hit by suicide bombers Zahran Hashim, suspected plot mastermind, and Ilham Ibrahim, the son of a millionaire spice merchant

It is thought he was injured in the attacks himself, though it is not clear how seriously he was hurt

It is thought he was injured in the attacks himself, though it is not clear how seriously he was hurt

It is thought he was injured in the attacks himself, though it is not clear how seriously he was hurt

Pictured are daughters Astrid and Agnes alongside son Alfred, in an image taken by daughter Alma. Mr Povlsen has confirmed that Agnes, Alfred and Alma died in the terror attack, while Astrid survived

Pictured are daughters Astrid and Agnes alongside son Alfred, in an image taken by daughter Alma. Mr Povlsen has confirmed that Agnes, Alfred and Alma died in the terror attack, while Astrid survived

Pictured are daughters Astrid and Agnes alongside son Alfred, in an image taken by daughter Alma. Mr Povlsen has confirmed that Agnes, Alfred and Alma died in the terror attack, while Astrid survived

Mr Povlsen and his wife described the loss of their three children as 'utterly incomprehensible' but vowed to overcome the tragedy 'together' (pictured are Astrid, Agnes and Alfred in an image taken by Alma)

Mr Povlsen and his wife described the loss of their three children as 'utterly incomprehensible' but vowed to overcome the tragedy 'together' (pictured are Astrid, Agnes and Alfred in an image taken by Alma)

Mr Povlsen and his wife described the loss of their three children as ‘utterly incomprehensible’ but vowed to overcome the tragedy ‘together’ (pictured are Astrid, Agnes and Alfred in an image taken by Alma)

At a memorial service in Brande, Denmark, last week, the family expressed their loss as ‘utterly incomprehensible’ in a text message. 

Reading the message to a crowd of around 700 well-wishers, pastor Arne Holst-Larsen said: ‘The loss of our beloved children Alma, Agnes and Alfred are completely incomprehensible.

‘With the many lovely people we have around us, close friends, talented colleagues and our loving family we will come together through it. 

 ‘We greatly appreciate the humanity that is also shown in Brande tonight – not only to our families and children, but to all the victims of the cruel acts in Sri Lanka.’ 

Mr Povlsen’s children were killed just days after he revealed plans to hand his Scottish estates to his children just days before they died, in the hope they’d carry on his legacy of conservation. 

He has been working via his Wildland project to ‘rewild’ parts of Scotland, bringing back endangered species by reviving long-lost habitats.

In an open letter posted on the firm’s website, Mr Povlsen and wife Anne Storm Pedersen wrote that the project will take longer than a lifetime to complete and so would be carried on by their children after they died.

He wrote: ‘From our home at Glenfeshie, both Anne and myself – our children and our parents too – have long enjoyed a deep connection with this magnificent landscape. 

‘As the holdings have grown and our common vision for the work becomes ever clearer, we have incorporated the entirety of the project into a venture we call Wildland. 

‘It’s a significant and lifelong commitment that we have made – not just for ourselves but for the Scottish people and Scottish nature too – a commitment which we believe in deeply. 

Povlsen, 46, and Anne Storm Pedersen, pictured together, met when Anne began working in sales for Bestseller. He is Denmark's richest man, with his father passing down ownership of the international clothes retailer chain when he was just 28 years old

Povlsen, 46, and Anne Storm Pedersen, pictured together, met when Anne began working in sales for Bestseller. He is Denmark's richest man, with his father passing down ownership of the international clothes retailer chain when he was just 28 years old

Povlsen, 46, and Anne Storm Pedersen, pictured together, met when Anne began working in sales for Bestseller

Mr Povlsen was staying with his family at the Shangri-La Hotel in the capital of Colombo, when it was targeted by two suicide bombers identified as suspected plot mastermind Zahran Hashim and Ilham Ibrahim

Mr Povlsen was staying with his family at the Shangri-La Hotel in the capital of Colombo, when it was targeted by two suicide bombers identified as suspected plot mastermind Zahran Hashim and Ilham Ibrahim

Mr Povlsen was staying with his family at the Shangri-La Hotel in the capital of Colombo, when it was targeted by two suicide bombers identified as suspected plot mastermind Zahran Hashim and Ilham Ibrahim

Sri Lankan Police officers inspects a blast spot at the Shangri-la hotel in Colombo a day after a bomb ripped through the building on Easter Sunday

Sri Lankan Police officers inspects a blast spot at the Shangri-la hotel in Colombo a day after a bomb ripped through the building on Easter Sunday

Sri Lankan Police officers inspects a blast spot at the Shangri-la hotel in Colombo a day after a bomb ripped through the building on Easter Sunday 

The death of Mr Polvsen's three children came just days after he revealed plans to pass on his estates in Scotland - where he is the country's largest land-owner - to them after he died

The death of Mr Polvsen's three children came just days after he revealed plans to pass on his estates in Scotland - where he is the country's largest land-owner - to them after he died

The death of Mr Polvsen’s three children came just days after he revealed plans to pass on his estates in Scotland – where he is the country’s largest land-owner – to them after he died 

‘We wish to restore our parts of the Highlands to their former magnificent natural state and repair the harm that man has inflicted on them. 

‘There are many vulnerable properties across all of the holdings that we have the wonderful and privileged opportunity to rehabilitate and restore to life; there are also archaeologically important structures that we have the responsibility to protect.

‘Our vision of Wildland is of a project that provides security and an enduring connection, not just for those that work and live on our estates but also for the greater communities.

‘We are working towards an entirely sustainable model; everything in balance a project that can endure beyond what Anne and myself can ever expect to see in our own lifetime.’ 

Just days before the devastating attacks, Alma had shared a holiday snap of her siblings next to a pool. 

Sri Lankan officials have blamed a little-known Islamist group called National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) for the terrorist attacks, adding that the organisation had ‘international help’.

A video has emerged of eight men pledging allegiance to ISIS and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before the attack.  

The bombers co-ordinated their attacks targeting five-star hotels and churches on Easter Sunday in an apparent deliberate attempt to target westerners and Christians.  

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