During International Events wherein the Order is officially represented, the Ceremony Master and/or the Protocol Officer of the host Order
will present the Honour to our Order by playing its Hymn and its Entry
March. These will be played for our Ordre´s Grand Master or its Ambassador (and for its Grand
Prior, in the absence of the aforesaid), preceded by the State Flag of our Order.
During National Events (in Germany and Belgium) the Grand Master of our Order may be preceded by Scottish Pipers. The Flag will be one of the Ordo Balliolensis.
According to the History of the Ordo Balliolensis, the Magisterial
Convent decided to :
- Take as the Hymn of our Order, an excerpt out of a Flemish Renaissance music repertoire, composed by Pierre (Peter) Phalèse, a Flemish musician born in Leuven (Belgium) (1510-1570).
- Take as Sonnerie (bugle call) of our Order the musical piece called
Fanfare Imperiale from the Italian Composer Antonio Salieri.
- Bear the State Flag of the Order which is one of the very
early Counts of Flanders (Lydéric I van Buc). *abt 622 +676 or 692, Grand Forestier de Flandre, Count of Tournaisis (646), Count of Artois, in Lens,
Leude and Lord of Thérouanne (649). Also called Lord of Harlebeke (Harlbeke). This Flag happened to be also the Flag of Westvlanderen (A Flemish State in
The more recent Flag of the
Counts of Flanders, taken by the Count Thierry d´Alsace (Black Lion, with red pawns and red tongue on a yellow background) and dating the XIIth century, had to be abandoned by the Ordo
This is due to the historical fact that the Lineage of
the BELS goes back to the very first Counts of Flanders and even four centuries before
Above, the Flag taken over by State of
registered by decret dated 27th May 1997 and officially published in the
Belgian "Het Staatsblad" on 12th July 1997.
The Flag contains 6 blue (Azur) rays on a yellow (Or) background
centered by a red (Gueules) Escucheon.
Mathilde de Flandre (+1083), spouse of Wilhelm the Conqueror,
carried her ancestors` Flag but with only 4 blue (Azur) rays on a yellow
Consequently, the Ordo Balliolensis
decided, upon the legal advice given by Fra. Herbert Class, one of its Knights of Honour,
dated Sterrebeek (Belgium) 12th June 2018, to take the Flag with 5 blue (Azur) rays (See below)
on a yellow (Or) background, which is the one carried by all the old Counts of Flanders (by old we understand - before the Count Philippe
d´Alsace (1170) - who decided to take the Black (Sable) rampant Lion with red (Geules) tongue and pawns on a Yellow (Or) background).
Flag reminds us of the ties that have united us for more than 1377 years (2019-642) with Flanders and its Counts, installed first as Foresters,
in the year 621, by the Merovingian King Dagobert I and confirmed in the year 862, in Tournai, by King Charles the Bald (Capetian).