Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Penguin at Edinburgh Zoo may pick up Norwegian knighthood

  1. #1
    Obsessed with carrots.
    Ck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Living Next Door to Gazza
    Posts
    45,842
    Blog Entries
    1
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 2,770
    Given: 2,512
    England

    Default Penguin at Edinburgh Zoo may pick up Norwegian knighthood

    Nils Olav
    The King of Norway's private guard is lining up in Edinburgh to bestow a special honour on its longest serving member - a penguin.

    After a decades-long military career which has seen him rise to the rank of Colonel-in-Chief, Nils Olav has learnt to take promotion in his stride.

    But when he waddles out to inspect his troops at a special parade at the city's zoo he is expected to pick up a knighthood.

    Members of the Norwegian King's Guard visit to the zoo to honour the distinguished bird every few years when they are in the city for the military tattoo.

    The practice dates back to the early 1970s when a young lieutenant called Nils Egelien came up with the idea of having one of its king penguins as a regimental mascot and honorary member.

    Over the years the bird has achieved repeated promotions and has been decorated for his long service.

    But now the loyal penguin is in line to receive a title, with the personal approval of Norway's King Harald V.

    Although guardsmen are remaining tight-lipped about what the latest gong will be, rumours of a knighthood are rife.

    The latest promotion will be bestowed at a special parade in which Nils will be invited to inspect a guard of honour and receive a fanfare from buglers.

    Captain Rune Wiik, who is taking part in the ceremony, said that on previous visits the unlikely Commander-in-Chief seemed to be well aware of his exalted position.

    "I think he remembers the uniform and I think he likes the ceremonial aspects," he said.

    But the penguin being honoured today is not the original Nils Olav.

    He died in the 1980s and was replaced by a two-year-old penguin at the Zoo.

    Darren McGarry, animal collection manager at Edinburgh Zoo, added: "We're all very excited about his new promotion and we've all been wondering what it could be."

    More...

    0 Not allowed!

  2. #2
    Webmaster
    Donachiel's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Centre of Evil!
    Posts
    1,391
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    Default Pictures: Penguin from Edinburgh Zoo picks up knighthood

    Perhaps already the world? s highest ranking penguin, Nils Olav of Edinburgh Zoo was knighted earlier today.

    C676E2AC A7D5 4905 9069D68A12D7F009 - Penguin at Edinburgh Zoo may pick up Norwegian knighthood

    Previously a Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian Army and awarded the Norwegian Army's Long Service and Good Conduct medal in 2005, King Harald V personally approved the new honour for the highly-decorated aquatic bird.

    Although buckets of fish may dominate his thoughts, this prestigious penguin doesn't take his ceremonial duties lightly and receives regular visits from his troops whenever they are in Edinburgh to perform at the city's Military Tattoo.

    Darren McGarry, Animal Collection Manager at Edinburgh Zoo said: “Nils always recognises the Norwegian Guardsmen when they come to visit him.

    "They came in recently and he immediately walked towards the gate, we had to tell him that the ceremony was happening at a later date!”

    Arriving under escort with King’s Guard Colour Detachment this morning for his promotion, Sir Nils was honoured with a fanfare from the H. M. King’s Guard’s Trumpet Corps while bagpipers from the Tattoo closed the ceremony.

    An Edinburgh Zoo spokesperson added: “The promotion ceremony was very grand, and Sir Nils seemed to love quietly inspecting the Guardsmen as he strutted around. He was unflappable.”

    Very fitting for a flightless bird…

    C6771CB2 AECE CD23 E26B4C771DFC90C0 - Penguin at Edinburgh Zoo may pick up Norwegian knighthood

    More...

    0 Not allowed!
    banner - Penguin at Edinburgh Zoo may pick up Norwegian knighthood

  3. #3
    Obsessed with carrots.
    Ck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Living Next Door to Gazza
    Posts
    45,842
    Blog Entries
    1
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 2,770
    Given: 2,512
    England

    Default Penguin picks up knighthood

    A penguin that enjoys the rare military distinction of having been promoted through the ranks from lance corporal to colonelinchief has picked up yet another honour.


    More...

    0 Not allowed!

  4. #4
    The Unseen Hero
    Alpha's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Split City, Sunderland
    Posts
    41,793
    Blog Entries
    3
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 270
    Given: 47
    Palestinian Territory

    Default Re: Penguin at Edinburgh Zoo may pick up Norwegian knighthood

    That's really quite amazing. a Penguin with a Knighthood?

    0 Not allowed!
    Orbis non sufficit




    13 medium - Penguin at Edinburgh Zoo may pick up Norwegian knighthood




    'I'd sit alone and watch your light,
    My only friend through teenage nights,
    And everything I had to know, I heard it on my radio'

Today's Posts New Posts

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-08-2008, 16:50

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •