18 August 2008

Now I've seen everything....

ZUI this article from the MOD Defence News:
A retired senior Army officer has knighted a penguin on behalf of the King of Norway in a special ceremony at Edinburgh Zoo today, Friday 15 August 2008.

Representative Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and Chief Executive and Producer of the Edinburgh Tattoo, Major General Euan Loudon CBE, conferred the unusual knighthood on king penguin Nils Olav, in front of 130 members of the Norwegian King's Guard.

Penguin Olav has been the unit's mascot since the 1980s and since then has risen through the ranks to become its Honorary Colonel-in-Chief.


It was on a visit to Edinburgh in 1962 that a young lieutenant called Nils Egelien first encountered the penguins at the Zoo. On a return visit ten years later he persuaded his regiment to sponsor a king penguin, which they duly adopted as their mascot, awarded the 'rank' of Lance Corporal, and named Nils Olav (after Nils Egelien and Norway's then King Olav).

On subsequent visits to the Scottish capital Olav received promotion to Corporal in 1982, Sergeant in 1987, Regimental Sergeant Major in 1993, Honourable Regimental Sergeant Major in 2001 and Honorary Colonel-in-Chief in 2005.

King penguin Nils Olav inspects Norwegian guardsmen at Edinburgh Zoo before receiving his knighthood

MOD photograph © Crown Copyright/MOD 2008.

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