A highly decorated king penguin has been given a promotion in a special ceremony at Edinburgh Zoo.
Resident king penguin Sir Nils Olav is an honorary member of the King of Norway’s Guard and gets to inspect the soldiers when they visit the Scottish capital.
Already a knight, the famous penguin has now been given the new title of Brigadier Sir Nils Olav.
The honour was bestowed upon the penguin during a ceremony attended by more than 50 Norwegian soldiers from the unit.
Edinburgh Zoo has a long history with penguins and Norway. The Norwegian family of Christian Salvesen presented the Zoo with its first-ever king penguin in 1913, another reason why Sir Nils the Penguin is so special.
After his adoption, Sir Nils was given the role of mascot of the Norwegian Guard. Since then, he has steadily moved up the ranks:
1982 – Corporal
1987 – Sergeant
1993 – Regimental Sergeant Major
2001 – Honourable Regimental Sergeant Major
2005 – Colonel-in-Chief
2008 – Knighthood
- The Soldiers like to visit Nils every few years while they are in the city performing at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
- Sir Nils Olav as he is officially known, is regarded very highly among the Norwegian Guardsman and has received these honours and medals due to his outstanding service and good conduct.
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