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The Royal Arch

A Royal Arch regalia
Supreme grand Chapter logo

The Supreme Grand Chapter of England is the governing body of Royal Arch Masons in England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Overseas, there are 32 Districts, 4 Inspectorates (Groups) and 5 NUD (not under a District) Chapters that have a combined total of some 320 Chapters. Learn about the Royal Arch and how to join.

Royal Arch companions during a ceremony in the Grand Temple at Freemasons Hall in London

About the Royal Arch

In England and Wales there is an indissoluble link between Craft Freemasonry and the Royal Arch, with the Royal Arch being considered the completion of a Freemason’s journey in ‘pure antient masonry’.

A Royal Arch meeting room

How to join the Royal Arch

The prime qualification for admission into the Royal Arch is to be a Master Mason, of at least four weeks standing, in a Lodge under the United Grand Lodge of England, or a Lodge under a Grand Lodge recognised by it.

Photography: Kenji Kudo

Companions of the Royal Arch leaving the Grand Temple after a ceremony at Freemasons Hall in London

Supreme Grand Chapter

The Supreme Grand Chapter of England is the governing body of Royal Arch Masons in England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man and based within Freemasons’ Hall. Approximately 40% of UGLE Freemasons are Royal Arch Masons.