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 Belgium).


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 Balliolensis.


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 West-Flanders (Belgium),

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 (Or) background.

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).


The 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).