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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Veronica Countess of Lucan (died 2017)

__. Veronica Countess of Lucan, wife of the 7th Earl of Lucan, was found dead at her home in Belgravia, 26 September, 2017. She was 80.

Lady Lucan was born Veronica Mary Duncan, daughter of Major Charles Moorhouse Duncan, MC, and married, 28 Nov, 1963, Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan, by whom she had issue, a son, and two daughters.

following the disappearance of his father (who if still living is wanted for questioning by the police in connection with the murder of his children's nanny, Sandra Rivett), Mr Justice Morritt, sitting in the Chancery Division of the High Court on 11 Dec 1992, gave the Trustees of the then Lord Bingham liberty to administer the 7th Earl of Lucan's estate under the presumption that he was dead; leave was also granted to have the 7th Earl of Lucan's death sworn in the Family Division of the High Court; following the custom of succession in undisputed Irish peerages, Lord Bingham assumed his father's title as 8th Earl of Lucan and on 8 Dec 1998 he applied to the Lord Chancellor for a writ of summons to the House of Lords as Baron Bingham (a United Kingdom peerage created in 1934 for his great-grandfather) but was refused; it remains open to him to apply to the Registrar of Peerages for inclusion on the Peerage Roll as Earl of Lucan.

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