Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden arrive at the inauguration on the West Front of the US Capitol. Photograph: Win McNamee/AP
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Joe Biden inaugurated as America’s 46th president – in pictures

On a day of history in Washington, Joe Biden was sworn in as president of the United States, and Kamala Harris became the first female, first Black and first Asian American vice-president. At 78, Biden is the oldest president to take the oath of office

Joe Biden holds the Bible on the West Front of the Capitol as his wife Dr Jill Biden looks on
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Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States as his wife Jill Biden holds a bible on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021.
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Kamala Harris is sworn in as U.S. Vice President as her spouse Doug Emhoff holds a bible 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., January 20, 2021.
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Kamala Harris bumps fists with Joe Biden after she was sworn in as vice-president
Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/AP
Lady Gaga arrives to sing the national anthem before Biden’s swearing-in
Photograph: Win McNamee/UPI/Rex/Shutterstock
Joe and Jill Biden, Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, and senators Roy Blunt and Amy Klobuchar walk up the steps to the Capitol
Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
The military band is seen before the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president
Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters
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, January 20, 2021.
Kevin Lamarque | Reuters
Former US president Barak Obama (R) congratulates US President Joe Biden after he was sworn in, on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington.
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Barack and Michelle Obama arrive in the crypt of the US Capitol
Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA
A socially distanced crowd looks on for the 59th presidential inauguration
Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP
Bill and Hillary Clinton arrive on the West Front of the Capitol
Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images
Joe Biden attends a church service at St Matthews in Washington before his presidential inauguration
Photograph: Tom Brenner/Reuters
Donald and Melania Trump exit the White House for the last time before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn
Photograph: Al Drago/EPA
American flags decorate the “Field of Flags” at the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol early morning ahead of the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.

 

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