Qianlong’s second empress consort, Lady Hoifa-nara (1718-1766), was the daughter of Na’erbu, Company Commander of the Eight Banners. She was placed among Qianlong’s princely ladies intended by Yongzheng. After Qianlong’s ascension, she was promoted first to Consort Xian and then to Honored Consort Xian. After Empress Xiaoxianchun (Lady Fuca) passed away in 1748, Empress Dowager Chongqing recommended that the emperor install Honored Consort Xian as the next empress consort on grounds of her being “gracious and intelligent.” Lady Nara being installed as the Imperial Honored Consort served as an interim empress administering the imperial household in 1749. When the mourning for Empress Xiaoxianchun was over, Lady Nara was promoted to Empress Consort in 1750. Lady Nara lost the emperor’s favor during one of his visits to the south in 1765 and was sent back to the capital in the middle of the journey. In the following summer, Lady Nara passed away. Though her title was not revoked, the empress consort’s funeral rites were conducted as per the regulations governing Imperial Honored Consort. In the Draft History of Qing, Lady Hoifa-nara was mistaken for Ulanara clan.
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