In a notable gesture, the Norwegian Army has elevated Sir Nils Olav III, a penguin, to the esteemed rank of Major General, the third-highest position within the armed forces. This honorary recognition took place during a special ceremony at the Edinburgh Zoo, where Sir Nils Olav III is stationed. (Source: BBC)

Presently, images and videos of Sir Nils' promotion have become widely popular. More than 160 uniformed m the troops from Norwegian King's Guard were present at the ceremony, as revealed in visuals shared by Edinburgh Zoo on X (previously known as Twitter).





It's intriguing to discover that the tradition of honoring penguins dates back to the 1970s. During a zoo visit in 1972, the Norwegian King's Guard adopted a penguin, establishing this unique practice.

The Norwegian King's Guard has consistently upheld the tradition of honoring penguins. This practice began with Nils Olav in 1982 when he was promoted to corporal. His promotions continued, reaching sergeant in 1987, regimental sergeant major in 1993, honorary regimental sergeant major in 2001, colonel-in-chief in 2005, and finally, major general in 2023.

Previously holding the rank of Brigadier, Sir Nils Olav III's recent promotion was lauded by the zoo on Twitter: "Arise, Sir Penguin... The world's highest-ranking penguin, Sir Nils Olav III, has been elevated to Major General by the Norwegian King’s Guard. He now proudly holds the third-highest rank within the Norwegian Army!"

Sir Nils Olav holds significant popularity in Norway, making appearances in numerous Norwegian films and TV programs. Furthermore, he stands as a notable tourist attraction at Edinburgh Zoo.