<p>President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump depart the White House for the last time on the morning of Inauguration Day.</p>

Inauguration Day as it unfolds, in pictures


Inauguration Day as it unfolds, in pictures

Inauguration Day as it unfolds, in pictures

Inauguration Day 2021 began like no other. A ring of steel and tens of thousands of National Guard troops surround Washington DC for the swearing-in of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, following the insurrection at the US Capitol earlier this month by a pro-Trump mob. 

The outgoing president broke with 150 years of tradition and refused to welcome his successor and be present for the peaceful transfer of power at noon. Instead Mr Trump jetted off on Air Force One for his new life in Florida early Wednesday. Here, The Independent follows the day as it unfolds.

Nearly 200,000 American flags are seen in the early hours of Inauguration Day on the National Mall as part of a ‘Field of Flags’ exhibition to represent those not able to attend due to the Covid-19 pandemic

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The sun rises behind the US Capitol in Washington DC where Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, 20 January 2021

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Donald Trump and First Lady Melania depart the White House for the last time on the morning of Inauguration Day. The couple is eschewing the tradition of meeting the incoming first family and will not attend president-elect Biden’s inauguration. Mrs Trump has not given incoming first lady, Dr Jill Biden, a tour of the private residence and has reportedly not been in touch with her at all

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Donald and Melania Trump hold hands as they prepare to depart the White House on Marine One to Florida several hours ahead of the inauguration ceremony

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Members of Donald Trump’s family including senior advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner stand on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland as they arrive for US President Donald Trump’s departure ceremony

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Joe Biden and Dr Jill Biden attend services at the Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle ahead of the presidential inauguration ceremony. Once inaugurated, Mr Biden will be the second Catholic president in US history and the first since John F Kennedy

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US National Guardsmen stand on a closed street outside the Capitol Building. Some 25,000 National Guard troops have been brought in from across the country to ensure security on Inauguration Day, replacing the huge crowds of tourists that would usually gather in the nation’s capital to welcome a new president

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Security is set up along Pennsylvania Avenue before the 59th Presidential Inauguration. Security officials have assured that there will be extremely tight security around the entire capital region on Inauguration Day after pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol on 6 January 

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her husband before President-elect Joe Biden arrives at the East Front of the US Capitol

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Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, and Doug Emhoff wave as they arrive on the East Front of the US Capitol for the inauguration

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Former Vice President Dan Quayle arrives for the inauguration of Joe Biden

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