King Penguin Sir Nils Olav: King Of Norway Bestows Penguin Unique Honor
His Majesty the King of Norway’s Guard visited RZSS Edinburgh Zoo to bestow a special honor on a resident king penguin.Advertisement
On Monday morning, the penguin was given the title “Brigadier Sir Nils Olav.” Sir Nils was already a knight and is the most famous penguin in the world. A special ceremony was organized for the prestigious title to be awarded. The event was attended by over 50 uniformed soldiers of His Majesty the King of Norway’s Guard, as reported by Edinburgh Zoo. The soldiers will be taking part in The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo this year.
Sir Nils ended his Penguin Walk with a cry and a scratch on the head. Afterwards, a zoo keeper showered him with honor.
Edinburgh Zoo and Norway had a penguinial link since 1914, when a Norwegian family presented the zoo with king penguins. It was in 1972 when one of the zoo’s king penguins was named Nils Olav after Norwegian Major Nils Egelien, who arranged his adoption, and Norway’s then King Olav. Two others shared the name since.
“We are honoured to host His Majesty the King of Norway’s Guard as they bestow a prestigious new title upon our king penguin, Sir Nils Olav,” Barbara Smith, Acting Chief Executive Officer for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said.
“It is a very proud moment and represents the close collaboration between our two countries, Scotland and Norway.”
According to the Producer and Chief Executive of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Brigadier David Allfrey, the honoring ceremony was an amazing example of great relations between the two countries. He added that it could not be “a more charming tradition.”