WATCH! Highly decorated penguin Sir Nils Olav receives new honour at Edinburgh zoo (See pics)The world's most decorated king penguin has been given a promotion in a special ceremony at Edinburgh Zoo. Sir Nils Olav, a resident king penguin is an honorary member of the King of Norway's Guard
The world's most decorated king penguin has been given a promotion in a special ceremony at Edinburgh Zoo.
Sir Nils Olav, a resident king penguin is an honorary member of the King of Norway's Guard and inspects the soldiers when they visit the Scottish capital.
Already promoted as a Knight by the Norwegian military in 2008, the famous penguin has now been given the new title of Brigadier Sir Nils Olav.
The honour was conferred on him during a ceremony that was attended by more than 50 Norwegian soldiers.
Sir Nils paraded along the zoo's penguin walk, while inspecting the soldiers of the guard at the time of the ceremony.
Barbara Smith, acting chief executive for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, told media, "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.
"It is a very proud moment and represents the close collaboration between our two countries, Scotland and Norway."
Brigadier David Allfrey, producer and chief executive of the tattoo, added, “This is just a simply fantastic example of the great relations between our two countries and it couldn’t be a more charming tradition.
“At the tattoo we, of course, have many inspecting officers but this is by far my favourite. Congratulations, Brigadier Olav.”
As per report, the current penguin is the third to hold the name Nils Olav and carry on the links with the Norwegian soldiers.