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.

President Biden sits at his desk in the Oval Office
President Biden sits in the Oval Office at the White House before he signs 15 executive orders aimed at boosting the federal response to the coronavirus crisis – JIM WATSON / AFP
President Biden speaks to dozens of people in a video conference
President Biden swore in presidential appointees during a virtual ceremony in the Oval Office – JIM WATSON / AFP
President Joe Biden waves to supporters
President Joe Biden waved to supporters before he and First Lady Jill Biden entered the White House – TOM BRENNER / REUTERS
Vice President Kamala Harris waves ashe walks with Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff
Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff walked with their family down Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House – SHAWN THEW / EPA
Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US President
Earlier in the day, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th US President by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, with his wife Jill by his side – PATRICK SEMANSKY / GETTY IMAGES
Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President
Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice-President of the United States as her husband Doug Emhoff looked on – ALEX WONG / GETTY IMAGES
President Biden places his hand on a large Bible
President 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 – KEVIN LAMARQUE / REUTERS
President Biden gives his inaugural speech
After 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.” During his speech, Biden held a silent moment of prayer for those who have died in the Covid-19 pandemic – ROB CARR / GETTY IMAGES
President Biden signs documents with Vice President Kamala Harris by his side
Inside the Capitol, President Biden signed the Inauguration Day proclamation and nominations for his cabinet and sub-cabinet – JIM LO SCALZO / GETTY IMAGES
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris lay a large wreath together
President 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 – CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES
President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden walk up to the White House
President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden arrived hand-in-hand at the White House – CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES
President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden embrace outside the White House
The first couple embraced before entering the White House, their home for the next four years – JIM WATSON / GETTY IMAGES
Amanda Gorman reads her poem at President Biden's inauguration
Writer Amanda Gorman read her poem The Hill We Climb as part of the inauguration ceremony. It referenced the Capitol riot earlier this month, but also underlined the theme of unity set out by the new president – PATRICK SEMANSKY / EPA
Lady Gaga sings with Joe Biden standing behind her
Lady Gaga also took to the stage to sing the US national anthem – ALEX WONG / GETTY IMAGES
Jennifer Lopez gestures to Kamala Harris
Singer Jennifer Lopez, seen here sharing a moment with Kamala Harris, performed at the inauguration. Lopez sang a medley of This Land is Your Land and America the Beautiful – addressing the crowd in Spanish part-way through her performance – SAUL LOEB / EPA
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wave from Air Force One
As President-elect Joe Biden prepared to be sworn in, the outgoing President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida, bound for their Mar-a-Lago golf club residence – ALEX EDELMAN / GETTY IMAGES
President-elect Joe Biden stands alongside Jill Biden
The Bidens pictured as they arrived at the inauguration, on the West Front of the US Capitol – WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY IMAGES
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris waves to the crowd
Kamala 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 – REUTERS
Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the inauguration whilst wearing masks
Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama were among the guests at the inauguration – ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES
Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton walk down steps together to find their seat
Former President Bill Clinton also arrived with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – ROB CARR / GETTY IMAGES
Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush are shown their seats
Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush were shown to their seats before the swearing-in ceremony – KENT NISHIMURA / GETTY IMAGES
President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden attend a church service
Earlier in the day, Joe Biden attended Mass at the Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle in Washington DC – TOM BRENNER / REUTERS
Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House to board Marine One
Donald and Melania Trump departed the White House to board Marine One. Breaking with precedent, they did not attend his successor’s inauguration – LEAH MILLS / REUTERS
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, with their spouses
Joe 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 – MIKE SEGAR / REUTERS
US National Guardsmen stand on a closed street outside the Capitol Building
Security across Washington was tight with about 25,000 troops on hand following a deadly riot at the Capitol earlier this month – YEGOR ALEYEV / TASS / GETTY IMAGES
A general view of the National Mall on the eve of the inauguration
On the eve of the inauguration, the National Mall in Washington was seen covered in flags, representing the people who are not able to attend the event this year due to Covid restrictions – NATIONAL PARK SERVICE / REUTERS

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