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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Birth of a son and heir to the Earl and Countess of Lucan

The Countess of Lucan, wife of the 8th Earl of Lucan, has given birth to a son and heir, Charles Lars John Bingham. The heir apparent to the family title is traditionally styled Lord Bingham.

The Earl of Lucan (born 21 Sept 1967) is the 8th Earl in the Peerage of Ireland, created in 1795, and is Baron Bingham in the Peerage of the UK, created in 1934.

Lord Lucan is the only son Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan (b 18 Dec, 1934, missing since 7 Nov 1974), by his wife the former Veronica Mary Duncan (1937-2017).

The Countess of Lucan is the former Anne-Sofie Foghsgaard (born Dec 1977), only daughter of Danish industrialist Lars Foghsgaard (born 1942),  & his wife Suzanne-Charlotte Foghsgaard, of Spott House, Dunbar.

Following the disappearance of his father (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.

A death certificate was issued for the missing 7th Earl in 2018

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