This is a bit of a bizzare factoid I’d like to hunt down.
When I was visiting the Tower of London, I saw a gigantic geneological chart depicting the descent of the kings & queens of England. In spite of numerous regime changes over the centuries, there was always some line of continuity, right back to the anglo-saxon monarchs of the dark ages. Right at the top of the chart was the very first Saxon king, Cedric I think … and above him, the ultimate ancestor: Wotan.
This I found very strange, as I understand that Wotan (also Woden or Odin) is, in point of fact, a Germanic pagan god. Not that this makes him any more or less real than the Judeo-Christian variety of course, but the monarchs of England have been at least nominally Christian for a very long time … do they still proudly claim descent from a pagan god, even though as Christians they presumably don’t believe in such beings?