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Christina Rau

Christina Rau

Spouse of German President
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AKA Christina Delius
Date of birth Bielefeld, Detmold Government Region, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Spouse: Johannes Rau
Mother: Christa Delius
Father: someone
Awards Order of Merit of Berlin, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon, Order of the Three Stars
Education King's College London
Authority VIAF id
The details

Christina Rau (born Christina Delius on 30 October 1956 in Bielefeld) is the widow of Johannes Rau, President of Germany from 1999-2004.

Early life

Rau is the maternal granddaughter of former President Gustav Heinemann. Her father was Eduard Delius (1922–2013), part in a long line of entrepreneurs in the textile industry of the Westphalian city of Bielefeld. She attended boarding school in Switzerland (Hochalpines Institut Ftan) and Scotland (Gordonstoun, where The Prince Andrew was one of her classmates). Subsequently, she studied political science, economics and history at the University College of Wales and at King's College London.


On 9 August 1982, she married Johannes Rau, 25 years her senior, who was at that time the Prime Minister of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The couple had three children: Anna Christina (1983), Philip Immanuel (1985) and Laura Helene (1986). The family lived in Elberfeld until 1999, and then moved to Berlin.


She was the patron of :

  • UNICEF Germany,
  • the Müttergenesungswerk,
  • the Bundesverband der Organtransplantierten,
  • the Deutsche Kinder- und Jugendstiftung
  • the Red Cross Youth of Germany.


Foreign Honours

  •  Austria: Grand Cross of the Order of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria
  •  Estonia: Grand Cross of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana
  •  Iceland: Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon
  •  Latvia: Grand Cross of the Order of the Three Stars
  •  Spain: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic
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