Inauguration live: Watch coverage as Joe Biden is sworn in as US president

Will Taylor
·News Reporter
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Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States.

His inauguration was held on Tuesday afternoon UK time amid a backdrop of political unrest and the coronavirus pandemic.

His swearing-in comes more than two months on from his election win, and in that time, his predecessor Donald Trump repeatedly challenged the result with false claims about election fraud.

Joe Biden takes the oath of office. (Reuters)
Joe Biden takes the oath of office. (Reuters)

Anger among his supporters swelled over earlier in January when a group stormed the US Capitol building, resulting in the deaths of five people.

Presidents are sworn in during a formal inauguration ceremony held at the start of their new term.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:  Kamala Harris is sworn as U.S. Vice President by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff looks on at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.  During today's inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Members of the National Guard gather near the U.S. Capitol before the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
National Guard members look on at the Capitol as amid ongoing security fears. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Just before midday in Washington DC, Biden pledged to protect the US constitution in his oath of office, administered by Supreme Court chief justice John Roberts.

Kamala Harris became vice president, having taken her oath minutes prior.

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Biden then gave a speech in which he said “democracy has prevailed”.

Usually, an inauguration brings huge crowds to Washington DC, but this year’s was much smaller due to social distancing rules.

Lady Gaga sings the national anthem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Greg Nash/Pool Photo via AP)
Lady Gaga sang the national anthem during the inauguration ceremony. (Greg Nash/Pool Photo via AP)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:  U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.  During today's inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Joe Biden delivers his inaugural address. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

There were ongoing security fears following the Capitol riot, while Trump broke with tradition and declined to attend.

At 78, Biden is the oldest person to take the oath, while Harris is the first woman and first Black and Asian-American to become vice president.

Media coverage typically concentrates on a newly-elected president’s first 100 days, and Biden’s will be dominated by a focus on his coronavirus policies and continuing post-election unrest.