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Nils Olav promoted to Colonel in Chief

He is possibly the world's most famous and talked about penguin. Since 1972, he has been in the media's attention and is a hugely loved and admired animal. During a stylish ceremony at the Edinburgh Zoo this afternoon, Nils Olav was promoted by His Majesty The King's Guard of Norway to Colonel in Chief.

17/08/2005 :: A large audience and dignitaries from Scotland and Norway, including the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the Rt. Hon Lesley Hinds, Brigadier Mel Jameson (Chief Executive & Producer, Edinburgh Military Tattoo), Lieutenant Colonel Jan Magnus Brekkhus (Commanding H.M. the King's Guard of Norway), Major Olav Andre Melan, Mr Nils Egelien (Vice President of the Norwegian Royal Guard Association) and Mr David Windmill (Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Zoo) attended the Ceremony.

Please see below for pictures from the Ceremony.

Nils Olav on his way to the Ceremony

Nils Olav on his way to the Ceremony

Nils Olav inspects the His Majesty The King's Guard of Norway

Nils Olav inspects the His Majesty The King's Guard of Norway

Nils Olav seems happy with the King's Guard

Nils Olav eagerly awaits his promotion

Nils Olav takes a bow for the press

Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the Rt Hon Lesley Hinds unveils the Statue of Nils Olav

The Plaque next to the statue of Nils Olav

The statue of Nils Olav

The statue of Nils Olav

Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the Rt Hon Lesley Hinds and Officers from the King's Guard are all keen to congratulate Nils Olav

Consul General Arne Sivertsen and Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the Rt Hon Lesley Hinds next to the Statue of Nils Olav

Lord Provost and the statue of Nils Olav

The King's Guard

The King's Guard

The King's Guard

The King's Guard

 

 

 

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