Princess Léa of Belgium

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Princess Léa
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Léa of Belgium in Charleroi on June 13, 2015
Born (1951-12-02) 2 December 1951 (age 65)
Brussels, Belgium
  • Serge Victorovich Spetschinsky
    (m. 1975; div. 1980)
  • Robert Bichara
    (m. 1982; div. 19??)
  • Prince Alexandre of Belgium
    (m. 1991; d. 2009)
  • Laetitia Spetschinsky
  • Renaud Bichara
Full name
Léa Inga Dora Wolman
Father Sigismund Wolman
Mother Lisa Bornstein

Princess Léa of Belgium (born Léa Inga Dora Wolman in Brussels, Belgium, on 2 December 1951) is the dowager of Prince Alexander of Belgium, she is the aunt of King Philippe of Belgium.

Early life and family[edit]

Princess Léa was born on 2 December 1951, the daughter of Sigismund Wolman (b. 12 July 1906, Warsaw)[1], merchant in Brussels[1], and Lisa Bornstein (born in Germany).

Marriages and issue[edit]

She married Serge Victorovich Spetschinsky in 1975 (son of Victor Sergeyevich Spetschinsky, President of the Russian Nobility Association in Belgium), from whom she was divorced in 1980. They had a daughter, Laetitia Spetschinsky (born in 1976), who is now married to HE Didier Nagant de Deuxchaisnes, Ambassador of Belgium to Ethiopia, and mother of two sons (Charles-Albert (b. 2009) and Alexandre (b. 2013)) and a daughter (Louise (b. 2010)).

In 1982 Léa married Robert Bichara, and they had a son, Renaud Bichara, on 1 September 1983.

After her second divorce she wed Prince Alexander, in Debenham, Suffolk, on 14 March 1991. They had been introduced in 1986 by former defence minister Léon Mundeleer. Alexander asked her to accompany him to the cinema. She vacillated initially, but they began to enjoy dining out together, Alexander being a gourmand, according to his future wife.[2]

The couple had no children together, and the marriage was kept secret until 1998, as reportedly the prince feared his mother would disapprove.[2] Alexander's marriage contravened Article 85 of the Belgian constitution, which deprived of the right of succession to the throne any descendant of King Leopold I who marries without the sovereign's permission.[3]

In 2008 she published a book of photographs from the life of her husband and his family, titled Le Prince Alexandre de Belgique, because she felt that he was too little-known in Belgium.[2]


  1. ^ a b (in French) and (in Dutch)[1] Commission Des Naturalisations - Chambre des Représentants - Session 1959·1960 (23 Février 1960) / Commissie Voor De Naturalisaties - Kamer der Volksvertegenwoordigers - Zitting 1959.1960 (23 Februari 1960).
  2. ^ a b c Séguy, Philippe (29 April 2008). "Léa de Belgique: Il faut en finir avec le malheur". Point de Vue (in French): 18–21. 
  3. ^ Velde, François. "The Belgian Succession". Retrieved 6 May 2008. 


Styles of
Princess Léa of Belgium
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Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Madame