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See King Penguin Decorated with the Rank of Army Brigadier

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A King penguin, Sir Nils Olav III has been decorated with the rank of brigadier in the Norwegian  Army by the Royal Norwegian Guard.

The penguin, a resident of Edinburgh Zoo was awarded the prestigious title during a special ceremony at the zoo before 50 Norwegian Guardsmen.


The penguin who has been the King’s and the Royal Guard’s mascot since 1972  was first adopted by the Norwegian King’s Guard in 1972 and promoted to the rank of Corporal  in 1982, and Sergeant later in 1987.

Olav III  who was named after King Olav V and Major Nils Egelien, who organised the adoption with Edinburgh Zoo was in 2008 given a  knighthood by Norwegian Royal Guard.

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