Follow the evolution of Joe Biden's inauguration to the 46th President of the United States and Kamala Harris to his Vice President here.

Welcome to this live blog.

My name is Matthijs le Loux, General Editor, and I will keep you informed over the next few hours on the developments surrounding the inauguration of the new US President and Vice President, Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

  • Biden (78) is the oldest US president ever sworn in.

  • Harris (56) scores a hat-trick: she becomes the first female, black and Asian vice president.

  • No audience is present at the inauguration, both due to the coronavirus and fear of disturbances after the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters on January 6.

  • Republican Donald Trump declined to attend the inauguration of his successor and left Washington in the morning.

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Biden and his wife Jill have appeared on the podium on the west side of the Capitol after walking the corridors of the US Parliament building.

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar takes the opening speech.

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Meanwhile, the first guests are trickling in on the west side of the Capitol in Washington.

Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, among others, make their appearance, accompanied by their wives.

Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence decided to attend the inauguration as well, much to the anger of outgoing President Donald Trump. 

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5.30 pm:

Opening word

Just before 6 pm:

Kamala Harris is sworn in by Chief Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

6 p.m .:

Joe Biden is sworn in by Supreme Court Chairman John Roberts

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