Count Henri d’Udekem d’Acoz died on the night of Sunday to Monday in Proven, near Poperinge, in West Flanders, several Flemish media reported on Monday. Queen Mathilde’s uncle was mayor of Proven, Proven-Krombeke and Poperinge. He was 87 years old. Henri d’Udekem d’Acoz was born in Proven, a section of the town of Poperinge, on November 27, 1933. Eldest son of Baron Charles d’Udekem d’Acoz and Suzanne van Outryve d’Ydewalle, “Nonkel Henri” s ‘is plunged into the heart of local politics for the CVP and later for the CD&V. He was mayor of Proven from 1960 to 1970 and of Proven-Krombeke between 1970 and 1976. He then became mayor of Poperinge. A position he held between 1982-1983 and 1995-2005. In 2005, he married Jonkvrouw Marie-Madeleine Kervyn from Oud Mooreghem.
The former local elected official was also a lawyer, specializing in rent law. In 2004, the count was convicted by the Ghent Court of Appeal for conflict of interest.