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Meet the Penguin Knighted by the Norwegian Army

Meet the Penguin Knighted by the Norwegian Army

You Ask Why, I Ask Why Not?

And now for something completely different… I’ve just learned that the Norwegian King and Royal Guard have a great sense of humor. Colonel-in-Chief Sir Nils Olav II is a King Penguin (there’s definitely a royal connection there) living in the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland. In the summer of 2008, soldiers from the Norwegian Royal Guard visited him at the zoo. While the story doesn’t say, I’ll guess that some fine single-malt Scotch was involved, because the next thing that happened is that the soldiers awarded the penguin a knighthood.

(Editor’s Note: The first Nils Olav was also a King Penguin in Edinburgh, who was given the rank of lance corporal in 1972, and was given a promotion every time the King’s Guard returned to visit him, ultimately rising to the rank of sergeant. He passed away in 1987, and was succeeded by Nils Olav II.)

It could all have stopped there and been a funny story to tell, but it went much further. The honour was approved by the king of Norway, King Harald V. During the ceremony, a crowd of several hundred people joined the 130 guardsmen at the zoo to hear a citation from King Harald the Fifth of Norway read out, which described Nils as a penguin “in every way qualified to receive the honour and dignity of knighthood.”

Kudos to Norway for making the world a more interesting place, and honoring this noble penguin!

A funny/apt comment from Reddit: “Norway should be outraged that Colonel-in-Chief Sir Nils Olav is being held prisoner in a detention facility on foreign soil.”

(Via Reddit)

Photos Credit: Lee Carson on Flickr [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons & Erik Swanson [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons



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5:19AM PDT on Jul 17, 2013


5:01AM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

thank you for sharing 17/7

5:02AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

And why shouldn't he be knighted. lol

2:23AM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

gotta love peguins!...the official mascot of Linux ;)
thanks for the article!

4:51PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

Those guys at Reddit are funny.

1:20PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

haha thanks for sharing :)

1:41AM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

The last comment after post is great! "“Norway should be outraged that Colonel-in-Chief Sir Nils Olav is being held prisoner in a detention facility on foreign soil.” ;-)

6:20AM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

Knighthood becomes him!

2:42AM PDT on Sep 27, 2012


1:55AM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

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