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Joe Biden embraces his wife Jill after being sworn in as the 46th US President at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. January 20, 2021
Joe Biden embraces his wife Jill after being sworn in as the 46th US President at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. January 20, 2021   -   Copyright  Brendan Smialowski/AFP

In pictures: Joe Biden becomes the 46th US president

Joe Biden has been sworn in as 46th president of the United States.

With the COVID-19 pandemic and his predecessor Donald Trump not present, the 59th presidential inauguration in American history was very different from previous ones.

Have a browse of the best pictures from Joe Biden’s inauguration day. From Trump leaving Washington DC for the final time to the new president's first speech and arrival to the White House.

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Outgoing US President Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One at the White House in Washington, DC. January 20, 2021Mandel Ngan/AFP
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US National Guard troops carry riot shields as they assume positions around the US Capitol as the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden begins in Washington, DCRoberto Schmidt/AFP
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President-elect Joe Biden, his wife Jill Biden, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris with her husband Doug Emhoff arrive at the steps of the US Capitol. January 20, 2021J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo
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Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle arrive for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington. January 20, 2021Patrick Semansky/AP Photo
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President-elect Joe Biden is greeted by former President Barack Obama as he arrives for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington. January 20, 2021Patrick Semansky, Pool/AP Photo
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Jennifer Lopez sings during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington. January 20, 2021Patrick Semansky/AP Photo
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Lady Gaga sings the National Anthem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington. January 20, 2021Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo
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Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president as her husband Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonAndrew Harnik/AP Photo
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Joe Biden, flanked by new US First Lady Jill Biden, is sworn in as the 46th US President by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. January 20, 2021Patrick Semansky/AFP
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Joe Biden, flanked by new US First Lady Jill Biden, is sworn in as the 46th US President by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. January 20, 2021Dan Smialowski/AFP
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Joe Biden embraces his wife Jill after being sworn in as the 46th US President at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. January 20, 2021Brendan Smialowski/AFP
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President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, January 20, 2021Patrick Semansky/AP Photo
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Former first lady Michelle Obama hugs members of the Biden family during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington. January. 20, 2021Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo
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US President Joe Biden signs three documents including an inauguration declaration, cabinet nominations and sub-cabinet nominations at the US Capitol after his inaugurationJim Lo Scalzo/AP
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President Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff watch a military pass in review ceremony on the East Front of the Capitol. January 20, 2021J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo
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US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden along with their family walk up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House north gate in Washington, DC. January 20, 2021Timothy A. Clary/AFP
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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive at the North Portico of the White House. January 20, 2021Alex Brandon/AP Photo
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Members of the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps march near the White House during the Presidential Escort, part of Inauguration Day ceremonies. January 20, 2021David J. Phillip/AP Photo
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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive at the North Portico of the White House. January 20, 2021Evan Vucci/Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

You can view more images from the US presidential inauguration in the gallery below.

Biden was sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

Vice President Mike Pence, standing in for Trump, sat nearby as Lady Gaga, holding a gold microphone, sang the national anthem accompanied by the US Marine Corps band.