The Imperial Noble Consort Gong Shun

Consort Niuhuru
State Princess Huimin
Mianyu, Prince Duan of Hui
Posthumous name
Imperial Noble Consort Gongshun 恭顺皇贵妃

Worthy Lady Ru 如贵人
1805-1810: Concubine Ru 如嬪
1810-1820: Consort Ru 如妃
1845-1846: Emperor father's Noble Consort Ru 皇考如貴妃
1846-1850: Emperor father's Imperial Noble Consort Ru 皇考如皇貴妃
1850-1860: Emperor grandfather's Imperial Noble Consort Dowager Ru 皇祖如皇贵太妃
Born 1787
Died 23 April 1860(1860-04-23) (aged 73)

Imperial Noble Consort Gong Shun (zh:恭顺皇贵妃) was a concubine of the Jiaqing Emperor. Emperor Jiaqing was emperor of China between 1796 and 1820.


Imperial Noble Consort Gong Shun nee Niuhuru was the daughter of Daiqing (善慶). She was born in the fifty- second year of Emperor Qianlong's reign and lived 1787 - 1860.

She entered the Forbidden City in Beijing somewhere around 1800 to become a concubine of the Jiaqing emperor who was 27 years her senior. She was chosen to stay, to become concubine, and was granted the title of Worthy Lady Ru (如貴人). In 1805 she was raised in rank and given the title of Imperial Concubine Ru (如嬪). Five years later in 1810 she was granted the title of Consort Ru (如妃).

After the death of the Jiaqing emperor, in 1820, Consort Ru was granted the title of My late father's Noble Consort Ru (皇考如貴妃). After the death of the Daoguang emperor in 1850 she was granted the title of Emperor's ancestor Imperial Dowager Noble Consort Ru (皇祖如皇貴太妃). Consort Ru died in the tenth year of the Xianfeng emperor's reign and was posthumously granted the title of Imperial Noble Consort Gong Shun. She was interred in the Changling mausoleum for imperial concubines amidst the western Qing tombs.


Imperial Noble Consort Gong Shun gave birth to three children, two daughters and a son.

  • Jiaqing's eight daughter (1805).
  • State Princess Huimin (慧憫固倫公主) (1811–1815) "title was given in 1820".
  • Prince Mianyu of the Blood (绵愉), born on 8 March 1814, died on 9 January 1865(1865-01-09) (aged 50)
    • Prince Yixian, Prince Jin of Hui (second rank) (1821-1886)
      • Prince Zaiyun, Beili (1878-1963)

Portrayal in Popular Media

In the 2004 Cantonese Chinese TV Series War and Beauty (Chinese: 金枝慾孽), the Imperial Consort was portrayed by Sheren Tang. In the TV series, the Imperial Noble Consort (which was known at the time the series takes place in as Consort Ru), was a bullying, manipulating consort who engaged in power struggles against the Empress. It was later shown to be a facade, as Consort Ru herself admits that she acted this way out of a desire to survive.

The portrayal of the Imperial Noble Consort by Sheren Tang won widespread acclaim by media critics and audience, and lifted the actress to a new level of popularity.

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