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Royal Arch in the UK is part of the craft degree system and widely considered to be the natural conclusion after the first three degrees. Upon completing the third degree, lodge members are encouraged to progress onto Royal Arch. In the US it is the first 4 degrees of of the York Rite system terminating with the Royal Arch itself. It existed more than 250 years ago and about that time many lodges tended to be somewhat independent in the sense of the way they worked the various degrees. The Royal Arch degree was a wedge issue between the Ancients and the Moderns during their 18th century rivalry. Both the American and English versions have a significance in freemasonry today.