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First of all, the sentence that the present Danish royal family are direct dencendants of the former Oldenburgs does not go back to King Hans but to the fact that Queen Louise's mother was Charlotte af Danmark and had a stronger claim to the Danish throne than the new king Christian 9., who was picked out as throne follower because of his mother-in-law and in spite of being one of the younger sons in the Glücksborg family.
Also, there was a great need in 1863 for the new dynasty to distance themselves from the former degenerate, sterile and immoral former Oldenborg rulers.
Anyhow, if the Glückbsborgs have not been able to change their dynastic name, then there is a parallel with Queen Elisabeth of England who would not have to worry if her decendants would be Mountbatten-Winsor, they would be Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha-Schleswig-Holstein-Sønderborg-Glucksburg (or Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha-Oldenburg). And certainly NOT Saxe-Coburg, since that place is in Germany, and German at the time was much more widely spoken than English.
If you ask the Danish Queen and the Danish Royal House, the family that ruled Denmark since before the death of the first known member of the famly in 958, have been represented by various lines through the ages.
Previously it was the line of Oldenborg, now it is the line of Glücksborg, also known as the House of Glücksborg.
It is interesting that the Danish Queen and everybody else in Denmark got this wrong. http://kongehuset.dk/en/the-monarchy-in-denmark/history
Actually, the information on the Royal website does not contradict what Charles correctly says. On the website, it says: "In accordance with the Act of Succession of 1853, the throne passed to Frederik VII’s relative, Prince Christian of Glücksborg, who was a direct descendant of the Royal House ." Direct descendant of course means that he was an Oldenburg, simply from a junior branch, which was called after the territory which the had been ruling Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg. But no one doubted that that branch belonged to the "Gesamthaus" Oldenburg.
I am curious why the Huse of Oldenborg is known as Oldenburg in UK even after the dynasty ruled Denmark for 405 years (and according to some, stile does)?
The County of Oldenburg in Germany was ruled by a younger branch of the house since 1450. The Danish kings were Titular Counts of Oldenborg, but had no actual connection with the German County from 1458 - except from 1667, when the Danish king inherited the terrory until 1773, when he swobbed it with Gottorp in Holsten. That is almost 250 years ago.
The answer is twofold and quite simple: a) The house is called after the place, the place is in Germany, and is spelled Oldenburg (although in the low German that is spoken there, it's actually "Ollnborg").
b) German is a language historically in international use, Danish is not. Even at the Danish court, for long periods German was used in many contexts.
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