Thursday, August 14, 2008

Penguin at Edinburgh Zoo to be knighted

We've posted previously about Nils Olav, a King Penguin living in Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland. He is the mascot and Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian King's Guard.

His current full title is Honorary Colonel-in-Chief Nils Olav, of the King's Guard of Norway.

The bird is to be given his highest rank yet at a ceremony featuring a parade of more than 130 troops from the regiment. Nils Olav will now be knighted.

The new honor has been sanctioned by Norway's King Harald V.

He has even prepared a message to honor the bird, which will be escorted into the ceremony with a fanfare by the King's Guard trumpet corps.

Captain Rune Wiik, of the King's Guard, said: "We are extremely proud of Nils Olav and pleased that an enduring part of the Royal Guard is resident in Scotland, helping to further strengten ties between our two countries."

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