The Royal Arch had appeared as a degree additional to the Craft by 1740, though it is now regarded as the completion of the Master Mason's degree.
Originally worked in Lodges, a Grand Chapter with its own subordinate Chapters was brought into being by the signing of the Charter of Compact in 1766 by members of the premier Grand Lodge.
The Antients continued to work the Royal Arch as a fourth degree within their Lodges.
In 1817 Supreme Grand Chapter was formed with its own Chapters, which must be attached to a Craft lodge.
The Royal Arch has its own distinctive regalia and jewels.