Biden inauguration: National Guard man areas in Washington
Joe Biden will take his place in the White House on Wednesday, as he officially takes the reins from Donald Trump as President of the United States. His inauguration will confirm his appointment as the 46th president, and the day will feature a whole host of celebratory events.
President-elect Biden won November’s US election, after sealing 306 electoral votes, compared with Trump’s 232.
The election win was certified in the middle of December, after a number of recounts in closely-fought states.
Biden’s total of 306 electoral votes was the same number that Trump won in the 2016 US election.
At the time, Trump described the win as a “landslide” against his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
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“In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed,” said Biden, after the win was confirmed.
“We the people voted. Faith in our institutions held. The integrity of our elections remains intact. And so, now it is time to turn the page. To unite. To heal.
“Nothing, not even a pandemic, or an abuse of power can extinguish that flame [of democracy].
“We owe these public servants a debt of gratitude. Our democracy survived because of them.”
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Biden inauguration schedule
3pm UK time – Our White House: An Inaugural Celebration for Young Americans
The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) will be live-streaming a two-and-a-half-hour programme for children.
The show will be broadcast before and during the inauguration ceremony and will be hosted by entertainer Keke Palmer.
Dr Jill Biden – Biden’s wife – will also be sharing a special message with the “young Americans”.
5pm UK time – Inaugural Ceremony
Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States of America in Washington DC.
The new president will deliver an address to the nation after taking the oath of office.
Lady Gaga will be singing the national anthem, and Jennifer Lopez will also be performing.
TBD – Pass in Review
The Pass in Review is a tradition that sees the peaceful transfer of power to a new president.
It usually takes place on the East front, along with members of the US military.
TBD – Arlington National Cemetery
The new president and First Lady will both lay a wreath at the Arlington National Cemetery.
The tradition is designed to pay respects to members of the military that gave their lives in the name of service.
The duo will be accompanied by former US presidents Barack Obama, George Bush, and Bill Clinton.
8.15pm UK time – Virtual Parade Across America
A virtual parade will be televised across the nation, featuring diverse, dynamic performances from different communities.
Biden will be given a Presidential Escort to the White House ahead of the parade.
1.30am UK time – Celebrating America television special
Tom Hanks will be hosting a 90-minute TV special celebrating the inauguration of a new president.
The show will include remarks from Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris.
Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jose Andres, and Kim Ng will all be featuring in the programme.
Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Bon Jovi, and Lin-Manuel Miranda will performing.
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