The Prince of Wales received the UNESCO certificate for the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape during the inscription ceremony on 10 May 2007 at Cotehele House (Cornwall, United Kingdom). Dr Mechtild Rössler, Chief of the Europe and North America Section at the World Heritage Centre, highlighted in her speech the contribution the area had made to the industrial revolution and mining practices around the world. She said that the Cornwall and West Devon World Heritage site was "one of the great industrial landscapes of Europe".
The Prince in his address to the invited guests pointed out that the area was a centre of technological innovation and industrial progress and physical reminders of this period could be seen across the countryside of Cornwall and West Devon. He also said Cornish mining shaped the mining world in a dynamic way.
He then transmitted the certificate to Mr Adam Paynter, Chairman of the World Heritage site partnership.