In a special ceremony at Edinburgh Zoo, a King Penguin has been promoted to a Brigadier. Yup! You read that right! A Penguin!
The highly decorated penguin is Sir Nils Olav. He was an honorary member of the King of Norway’s Guard. He gets to inspect soldiers when they visit the Scottish capital.
The ceremony specially conducted for the famous knight penguin was attended by more than 50 Norwegian Soldiers from the unit.
Acting Chief Executive Barbara Smith of Royal Zoological Society of Scotland shared how honored they were to hold the ceremony, saying, “We are honored to host His Majesty the King of Norway’s Guard as they bestow a prestigious new title upon our king penguin, Sir Nils Olav. It is a very proud moment and represents the close collaboration between our two countries, Scotland and Norway.”
Sir Nils paraded along the zoo’s penguin walk while he inspected the uniformed soldiers of the guard.
The troops will be taking part in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Brigadier David Allfrey who is currently the producer and chief executive of the tattoo added his support in this bizarre event. He said: “This is just a simply fantastic example of the great relations between our two countries and it couldn’t be a more charming tradition.”
Sir Nils Olav was awarded the knighthood in 2008 at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. And now, officers may call him Brigadier Olav.