The result of Scotland's independence referendum was announced to the world by chief counting officer Mary Pitcaithly shortly after breakfast time.
Watch her read the final figures from the vote before confirming the country's decision to cheers at the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston in Edinburgh:
The woman expected to replace Salmond said she will "follow the mood of the people" if promises made in the run up to the vote are not met.
The double Grand Slam winner said he did not regret giving his opinion, but was 'disappointed' at the way he went about it.
Alex Salmond has announced his intention to end a 24-year career at the forefront of Scottish politics. Here is a brief look at his career.