The Keystone Award is the Royal Oak Foundation's highest honor and recognizes those individuals or organizations who have significantly contributed to the advancement of the preservation, conservation, and understanding of places of historic and natural significance. Keystone is both an architectural and ecological term referring to an entity that has a central, supporting effect within a system.
2012 - His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
The Royal Oak Foundation presented His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, the President of the National Trust, with its Keystone Award at Buckingham Palace on February 6, 2012. Royal Oak’s Chairman, Herbert L. Camp, presented the award to the Prince in recognition of "his inspiring leadership in promoting the stewardship and conservation of the United Kingdom's built and natural environments and in advancing the shared cultural heritage of the United Kingdom and United States."
The award presentation and dinner at Buckingham Palace culminated a long weekend of exclusive events that brought Leadership donors to the Foundation’s Campaign for Knole from across the U.S. to London on a surprisingly snowy winter weekend. A special reception in the India Office Council Chamber at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office launched this “Royal London Weekend” on February 4. Sunday saw the 70 intrepid supporters make their way along snow-covered byways to Knole in Kent, where they endured and enjoyed a private visit with Lord and Lady Sackville, who praised their “pioneer spirit” and enchanted all by reading a passage from Orlando that evoked the beauty of seeing Knole in the snow. Back in London, Monday saw private curatorial tours of the House of Lords, Westminster Abbey, and the British Galleries at the Victoria & Albert Museum before all began their preparations for the evening’s festivities at the Palace.