Christina Rau

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Christina Rau (left).

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

Early life[edit]

Rau is the maternal granddaughter of former President Gustav Heinemann. She attended boarding school in Switzerland 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 :


Foreign Honours[edit]


  1. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question about the Decoration of Honour" (pdf) (in German). p. 1654. Retrieved November 2012. 
  2. ^ Estonian Presidency Website (Estonian), Estonian State Decorations, Christina Rau
  3. ^ Icelandic Presidency Website (Icelandic), Order of the Falcon, Johannes & Christina Rau, 1 July 2003, Grand Cross with Collar & Grand Cross respectively