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Christina Rau

Christina Rau Spouse of German President

Spouse of German President
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Intro Spouse of German President
A.K.A. Christina Delius
Is President
From Germany
Type Politics
Gender female
Birth 30 October 1956, Bielefeld, Germany
Age: 63 years
Star sign ScorpioScorpio
Politics Social Democratic Party of Germany
Mother: Christa Delius
Father: Eduard Delius
Spouse: Johannes Rau
The details

Christina Rau (born Christina Delius; 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, part in a long line of entrepreneurs in the textile industry of the Westphalian city of Bielefeld while her mother was Christa Heinemann, a daughter of the former President. Through Christa, Rau is the niece of theologian Uta Ranke-Heinemann. She attended boarding school in Switzerland (Hochalpines Institut Ftan) and the United Kingdom (Gordonstoun in Scotland, where Prince Andrew was a contemporary). 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 and a long-time friend of the Heinemann family, who was at that time the Prime Minister of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.


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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