Joe Biden set to be inaugurated as 46th US president

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It’s D-Day for Joe Biden who will later today be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.

The ceremony will get started around 17:15 CET. Biden will officially become president at 18:00 CET.

Donald Trump has already departed the White House, stating that it was an “honour” to serve as president. He wished the next administration “great success”.

Trump will not take part in the inauguration ceremony — becoming the first outgoing president to do so in 152 years — and instead will head to Florida.

Watch live coverage of the day’s events in the video player above.

Follow all the latest updates in the live blog below

16:10

Stage is set as attendees arrive at the presidential inauguration 

A socially distanced set up is in place for Joe Biden’s inauguration. Few invitations were handed out for the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many members of Congress have already arrived and taken their seats at the ceremony.

The Marine Corps band has already begun playing music at the event.
 


    Joe Biden set to be inaugurated as 46th US president

Tasos Katopodis/Pool Photo via AP


    Joe Biden set to be inaugurated as 46th US president

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster15:59

Former US President Barack Obama gives his congratulations to Joe Biden
 

15:58

Heavy security in Washington as new president set to take office

Around 25,000 National Guard were deployed in Washington DC to secure the city during the inauguration ceremony.

It comes after the January 6 riot at the US Capitol by Trump supporters who claimed the election was stolen.

Here are some photos of the security in Washington where the downtown is locked down for the ceremony.
 


    Joe Biden set to be inaugurated as 46th US president

AP Photo/John Minchillo


    Joe Biden set to be inaugurated as 46th US president

AP Photo/John Minchillo15:50

Lady Gaga arrives at the US Capitol where she will perform for the inauguration

Lady Gaga will perform the National Anthem at the inauguration. Attendees have been arriving for the ceremony that will kick off around 17:15 pm CET.
 


    Joe Biden set to be inaugurated as 46th US president

Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP15:40

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris pays tribute to women

Kamala Harris paid tribute to the “women who came before” her ahead of today’s inauguration.

She will become the first female vice president in US history on Wednesday.
 

15:38

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell attends mass with Biden

Republican lawmakers attended mass with Joe Biden ahead of his inauguration, in a show of support as the outgoing president refused to attend the inauguration.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was photographed near McConnell at the mass.
 


    Joe Biden set to be inaugurated as 46th US president

AP Photo/Evan Vucci15:30

Trump follows tradition and leaves a letter for Joe Biden

Trump has left a letter for his successor Joe Biden, following at least one tradition during a presidential transition, AP reports.

The contents of the letter have not been revealed.

Trump has not conceded publicly and did not say Joe Biden’s name in his farewell remarks. 

Trump has also not followed typical traditions and will not be attending Biden’s inauguration.

 15:14

Changes are already taking place at the White House, US reporters say

Jeff Mason, a White House reporter for Reuters, tweeted that plexiglass has been added to the guard’s desk at the entrance to the West Wing.
 

15:13

Biden attends service in heart of Washington DC ahead of inauguration


    Joe Biden set to be inaugurated as 46th US president

Joe Biden and Jill Biden attend mass in Washington ahead of his inauguration.15:05

France ‘eager to build’ strong relationship with Biden

French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said the country was “eager to build with President Biden a strong, useful and renewed relationship.”

“We have colossal objectives and challenges to take up together,” Attal said, joining the voices of several “relieved” European leaders speaking out ahead of the Biden inauguration.

“The commitments of Joe Biden to reintegrate the Paris climate agreement are very important. So it is absolutely inspiring for the work we’ll have to do with the United States in the coming months,” he added.

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