And with a nod - or, more precisely, three nods - Alexander Elliot Anderson Salmond becomes the first first minister with a full working majority.
At the Court of Session in Edinburgh this morning, Mr Salmond swore the relevant oaths which make him first minister of the Scottish executive and keeper of the Scottish Seal.
Actually, in keeping with Scottish legal custom, the swearing was minimalist.
The oaths were read by the Lord President, Lord Hamilton.
The first minister merely nodded in silent, contented acquiescence.
Immediately prior to that, Mr Salmond handed over the Royal Warrant appointing him to office.
It was signed by Her Majesty the Queen in Dublin where she is presently undertaking an historic visit to Ireland.
Simple but solemn, this ceremony finally marks Mr Salmond's accession to majority power in the parliament which will, as he purposes, feature a referendum on independence
Little historical notes on all sides.
Firstly, "Scottish executive". That remains the legal title, as set out in the Scotland Act 1998, and is thus used by the court.
However, the Scotland Bill, presently before Westminster, proposes to change that title to "Scottish government", admitting into law the nomenclature already used in practice.
The newly reconfirmed FM, of course, has a list of other proposed changes to that bill: a list which grows, incrementally, as he steps up the pressure upon the UK government, partly in preparation for the referendum.
Then the Seal. It is the post-Union descendant of the Great Seal of Scotland, the symbol of monarchical authority.
In the Act of Union (Clause 24 for the enthusiast), it is provided that "from and after the Union, there be One Great Seal for the United Kingdom of Great Britain, which shall be different from the Great Seal now used in either Kingdom." (In the interim, the Great Seal of England was to be used.)
It is provided further that "a Seal in Scotland after the Union be alwayes kept and made use of in all things relating to private Rights or Grants, which have usually passed the Great Seal of Scotland and which only concern Offices, Grants, Commissions, and private Rights within that Kingdom."
It is, in effect, a devolved Seal: subordinate in nature and yet reflecting the distinctive status of Scotland within the union.
The reconfirmed keeper will no doubt conduct those duties assiduously - while, equally eagerly, seeking to alter the constitutional status of Scotland.