On October 16, 1665, four years after Kangxi’s enthronement, the Grand Empress Dowager handpicked Lady Hešeri (1654-1674), granddaughter of Sonin (1601-1667), as the empress consort, and Lady Niohuru, daughter of Ebilum, as a consort. This was done exclusively to counter Oboi. As per the custom, a grand banquet comprising two hundred tables was to be hosted on the third day following the wedding at the Hall of Supreme Harmony, where “the empress’s paternal relatives, imperial clans, and government officials” would be assembled to celebrate the event. Lady Hešeri, later known as Empress Xiaochengren, bore the emperor two sons and died of dystocia in 1674. The elder son Chenghu died prematurely, and the second son Yunreng was installed as the crown prince subsequently in the following year.
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