This event was introduced in 1946, initially for public schools in the United Kingdom. It was later opened up to overseas entries and then to secondary schools. In 2023 the rules were brought into line with other junior events by allowing entries from clubs as well as schools.
The inauguration of this event coincided with the first visit to the Regatta of HRH The Princess Elizabeth - Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - and so permission was graciously given to name the trophy The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup.
This was one of three new eights events for women introduced in 2021. The event is open to junior women’s crews from any school or club, with similar restrictions to The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup.
This event was introduced in 1992 as only the second event for quadruple sculls at the Regatta. It has always been open to juniors from either school or club crews.
This event was introduced in 2012 for junior women's quads from either school or club crews.
Her late Majesty The Queen graciously consented to the event being titled to mark her 60 years on the throne, in the year in which the event was instituted.