Andy Murray has become the first Briton in 77 years to win the Wimbledon men's singles title after a straight-sets victory against Novak Djokovic.
The Scot emerged triumphant 6-4 7-5 6-4 against the world number one for his second Grand Slam.
Murray, 26, became the first British male to reach the SW19 final in 74 years last year but was defeated in four sets by Roger Federer.
But the Scot has won Olympic gold, the US Open and reached a third Australian Open final since, and the man from Dunblane now has an elusive Wimbledon crown to add to his trophy haul.
Murray high-fived spectators in the crowd as the enormity of his achievement sank in before he dashed up to his box, a la Pat Cash in1987, where he embraced mother Judy.
Andy Murray, Wimbledon champion 2013
The annual reminder that another year has passed since Perry's pomp will not come in 2014, and the searingly hot day on 7 July 2013 will instead be remembered for Murray ending Britain's drought.
Murray broke down in tears of joy and relief when Djokovic found the net at match point down.
Asked about how it felt to hold the trophy, Murray said: "It feels slightly different to last year. Last year was one of the toughest moments of my career.
"There were so many long games and I don't know how I came through it."
This was a 19th tour-level meeting between two men who were born only a week apart and first played each other as 11-year-olds. Djokovic held an 11-7 advantage but it was Murray who won their only previous match on Centre Court, in the semi-finals of the Olympics last year, when he revelled in the raucous support.
Both players were greeted by a huge roar as they made their entrance onto Centre Court for the Wimbledon men's singles final.
The Royal Box, including Prime Minister David Cameron, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic, rose to their feet as the two players took their first steps on the grass.
Murray left the best until last during a topsy-turvy game when serving for the championship.
It was deafening as he stepped up to serve, and Murray quickly brought up three match points.
But it was not going to be that easy against the pugnacious Djokovic, who saved all three and three times had break point.
Murray kept his nerve, saving them all, and some dexterous play brought up a fourth match point. This time Djokovic's resistance was over and Murray was champion.