June 24 marks a historical day for Saudi Arabia as women in the kingdom were finally able to drive legally after a long-standing ban was lifted by a royal decree in September last year.

As part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's wide-ranging drive to modernize the country, for the first time since 1957, female members of Saudi society have been granted their right to get behind the wheel.

Around six million women - or 65 percent of the female driving-age population - are expected to apply for a license.

Over the past 9 months, in preparation of this memorable day, special driving schools were set up, car showrooms were heaving with prospective female buyers, and events were being held in Riyadh to encourage new drivers.

At the stroke of midnight, Saudi women got behind the wheel and hit the roads across the country.

"Honestly, I am just so happy to be a part of this. Who would have thought in my lifetime we would get this opportunity. I feel like it’s a new life for me, and I can't wait to begin," Latifa, a resident of Taif, told The National.

Viral footage that has been widely shared online showed police officers handing out roses and giving their full support to the new female drivers.

WATCH: Saudi police giving out roses to female drivers

Congratulations to all Saudi women!

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"Mabrook to every woman, and every man who enabled her"

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"May this be the start of a beautiful journey for you all!"