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Dear Brethren and Companions,

I mentioned on the Welcome page that the Royal Arch shares a unique partnership as well a special relationship with the Craft. This is demonstrated in a number of ways: –

The Grand Master in the Craft, HRH The Duke of Kent, is also the head of the Royal Arch, where he holds the Office of First Grand Principal. Many senior working Officers in Grand Lodge also hold an equivalent Office in the Royal Arch (in Supreme Grand Chapter);

All Craft and Royal Arch membership is jointly administered from Freemasons' Hall, London;

The Book of Constitutions also contains the Supreme Grand Chapter Royal Arch regulations. If there is not a Royal Arch regulation applicable to a specific matter, the Craft regulation applies;

The Royal Arch breast jewel is the only jewel outside of the Craft that may be worn with Craft Regalia.


Within the Province of Staffordshire, this unique partnership is further evidenced by the close working relationship between the two Executives:-

Each year, the Craft and Royal Arch jointly support a full-scale provincial visit in each Order;

The welcome letter issued to all Master Masons when they receive their Grand Lodge Certificate is signed by the heads of both Orders;

Many Craft lodges indicate on their summons those members who are also subscribing members of the Royal Arch;

The Provincial Grand Master appoints Royal Arch Ambassadors in his lodges following recommendations from the Royal Arch;

The two Orders collaborate extensively when considering senior provincial appointments and promotions.


I encourage all brethren to complete their journey in Pure Antient Masonry by being Exalted into the Royal Arch. The Royal Arch itself provides a very special feeling of friendship and companionship which is unique to this Order. Those who embrace it will testify to the increased level of enjoyment and happiness which they derive from their membership, and the colourful and enlightening ceremonies they undertake.

You have a right to join the Order and do not have to wait to be asked. Further information can be found on this site or you may wish to initially discuss the matter with the Royal Arch Ambassador in your lodge. I wish you all well.

Fraternally yours,

Robin A. Stubbs
Grand Superintendent




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