Today is the day that Joe Biden becomes President Biden (Picture: Getty)
Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th US President of the United States today.
It has been tradition for the president to start their first, or new, term of office on January 20 since the 1930s, and it is one Biden will continue despite coronavirus restrictions.
Though this inauguration will lack the usual hundreds of thousands attending in person, there will still be plenty to enjoy today, including Lady Gaga singing the US National Anthem and a special performance from Jennifer Lopez.
So. what time will Joe Biden be sworn in as the next US president, and how can you watch it from the UK?
When is Joe Biden’s inauguration – is it still going ahead?
In front of the US Capitol Building, Joe Biden will take the Oath of Office today, January 20.
As has become custom, he will be sworn in at, or around, 12pm ET (5pm GMT).
Despite being smaller in scale, there has still been special events preceding Biden’s inauguration, including a memorial ceremony to honour those who died from Covid-19 last night, January 19.
Joe Biden’s inauguration will look a lot different to previous ones (Picture: @USCapitol)
The Presidential Inaugural Committee said it was the first-ever light show to occur at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.
Towns and cities across the US were invited to join in by lighting up buildings and ringing church bells at 5.30pm EST.
How to watch Joe Biden’s inauguration in the UK
You can watch the inauguration on the major American news channels, including Fox News, CBS News, MSNBC, ABC and CNN.
The historic event will also be available for viewing on the online platforms for the different networks.
BBC and Sky will also broadcast the political ceremony on their 24-hour news services, alongside commentary.
The coverage will begin at 11.30am EST, which is 4.30pm GMT.
At 8:30pm ET (1:30am GMT), a 90-minute TV special hosted by Tom Hanks will air, replacing coverage of usual events like the Inaugural Ball.
Who will attend Joe Biden’s inauguration?
Donald Trump has said he won’t be attending the inauguration this month. The outgoing US president tweeted: ‘To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.’
Vice President Mike Pence will be at the event, as will former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
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