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Biden inauguration in pictures

Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th US President – here are some of the best photos from inauguration day.

US President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, after his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, 20 January 2021.IMAGE COPYRIGHTREUTERS
image captionPresident Biden set to work at the Oval Office having been sworn in earlier on Wednesday at the US Capitol. In his initial acts as the 46th US president, he signed 15 executive orders – the first to boost the federal response to the coronavirus crisis
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Katy Perry (foreground) performs amid the fireworks at the Washington Monument at a televised ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.IMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES
image captionA star-studded concert marked the beginning of Mr Biden’s presidency, with performances from Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato and Bon Jovi
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US. Vice-President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff attend a televised ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial on 20 January 2021 in Washington, DC.IMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES
image captionVice-President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff attended the ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial
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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch fireworks from the balcony of the White House, at the "Celebrating America" event in this still image from videoIMAGE COPYRIGHTBIDEN INAUGURAL COMMITTEE / REUTERS
image captionSpeaking during the televised “Celebrating America” event, President Biden explained that he and Vice-President Kamala Harris “wanted to make sure our inauguration was not about us, but about you the American people”
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Fireworks are seen above the White House at the end of the Inauguration day for US President Joe Biden in Washington, DC, on 20 January 2021.IMAGE COPYRIGHTAFP
image captionThe theme of the concert was not celebration but unity, with tributes paid to the frontline workers who have borne the brunt of the Covid pandemic
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US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden watch a fireworks show on the National Mall from the Truman Balcony at the White House, 20 January 2021 in WashingtonIMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES
image captionThe president and first lady watched the fireworks show on the National Mall from the Truman Balcony at the White House
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U.S. President Joe Biden swears in presidential appointees in a virtual ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, after Biden's inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, U.S., 20 January 2021.IMAGE COPYRIGHTREUTERS
image captionPresident Biden swore in presidential appointees during a virtual ceremony in the Oval Office
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President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden wave on the steps of The White HouseIMAGE COPYRIGHTEPA
image captionThe President and First Lady Dr Jill Biden waved to supporters before entering The White House
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A general view of the Capitol during the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S.,IMAGE COPYRIGHTREUTERS
image captionMr Biden’s inauguration ceremony was restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic
Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US PresidentIMAGE COPYRIGHTPATRICK SEMANSKY / GETTY IMAGES
image captionMr Biden took his oath on a Bible that has been in his family since 1893 and was also used each time he was sworn in as Delaware senator. The book itself is five inches (12.5cm) thick with a Celtic cross on the cover
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Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice PresidentIMAGE COPYRIGHTALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES
image captionKamala Harris was sworn in as vice-president – the first woman and first black and Asian-American person to serve in this role
U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris greets former President Barack Obama ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, 20 January 2021.IMAGE COPYRIGHTREUTERS
image captionBarack Obama – the country’s first black president – exchanged an inauguration day fist bump with Vice President Harris. The moment was celebrated online as a historic passing of the torch between the two political trailblazers
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President Biden gives his inaugural speechIMAGE COPYRIGHTROB CARR / GETTY IMAGES
image captionAfter his swearing-in, President Biden gave his inaugural speech, saying: “We learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile and at this moment, my friends, democracy has prevailed”
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Amanda Gorman recites a poem during the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.IMAGE COPYRIGHTREUTERS
image captionOne inauguration performance that enthralled attendees and continues to captivate many across the world on social media was that of 22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman. She was the youngest poet to ever perform at a presidential inauguration, calling for “unity and togetherness” in her self-penned poem.
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Lady Gaga arrives to perform the National Anthem as President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris watch during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington DC, 20 January 2021.IMAGE COPYRIGHTREUTERS
image captionLady Gaga led the musical contributions to President Biden’s inauguration ceremony, with a bold rendition of the US National Anthem
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Jennifer Lopez sings during the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe BidenIMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES
image captionJennifer Lopez also sang a medley of This Land is Your Land and America the Beautiful – addressing the crowd in Spanish part way through her performance, declaring: “Una nación indivisible con libertad y justicia para todos” (One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all)
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President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden arrive for his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021.IMAGE COPYRIGHTREUTERS
image captionThe inauguration was unlike any other due to coronavirus restrictions, with few present to witness the oaths and ceremonies
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President-elect Joe Biden stands alongside Jill BidenIMAGE COPYRIGHTWIN MCNAMEE / GETTY IMAGES
image captionThe Bidens pictured as they arrived at the inauguration, on the West Front of the US Capitol
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris waves to the crowdIMAGE COPYRIGHTREUTERS
image captionKamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff waved to well-wishers when they arrived. Harris wore purple, a colour traditionally seen in the US as a symbol of bipartisanship – a combination of the blue and red of the Democratic and Republican parties
Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the inauguration whilst wearing masksIMAGE COPYRIGHTALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES
image captionFormer President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama were among the guests at the inauguration
Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton walk down steps together to find their seatIMAGE COPYRIGHTROB CARR / GETTY IMAGES
image captionFormer President Bill Clinton also arrived with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush are shown their seatsIMAGE COPYRIGHTKENT NISHIMURA / GETTY IMAGES
image captionFormer President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush were shown to their seats before the swearing-in ceremony
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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wave from Air Force OneIMAGE COPYRIGHTALEX EDELMAN / GETTY IMAGES
image captionEx-President Donald Trump, who snubbed the inauguration ceremony, returned to his Mar-a-Lago golf club in Florida
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris lay a large wreath togetherIMAGE COPYRIGHTCHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES
image captionPresident Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris went on to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Members of the military march on 15th Street towards the White House during a Presidential Escort of US President Joe Biden's limousine to the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, 20 January 2021.IMAGE COPYRIGHTEPA
image captionMembers of the military march on 15th Street towards the White House during a Presidential Escort of the President’s limousine to the White House
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, with their spousesIMAGE COPYRIGHTMIKE SEGAR / REUTERS
image captionJoe Biden and Kamala Harris, with their spouses, were seen looking out over the National Mall, which would normally be filled with supporters if not for the pandemic
The "Field of flags" is seen on the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol building ahead of inauguration ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington DC. 20 January 20, 2021.IMAGE COPYRIGHTREUTERS
image captionThe National Mall was covered in flags, representing the people who were not able to attend
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Troops prepare to exit the Capitol after the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States, in Washington DC, 20 January 2021.IMAGE COPYRIGHTREUTERS
image captionSecurity across Washington was tight with about 25,000 troops on hand following a deadly riot at the Capitol earlier this month
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Source: BBC

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