Joe Biden inauguration 2021: What time is the ceremony in the UK and how can I watch live?

JOE BIDEN will become the 46th President of the United States when he is sworn-in today.

Kamala Harris will stand alongside Biden at the inauguration on Wednesday, January 20, as she takes over as VP – but how can Brits across the pond catch the ceremony?

?? Read our Inauguration Day 2021 live blog for the very latest news and updates on Joe Biden's swearing-in and Donald Trump's exit…

When is Joe Biden's inauguration? 

Joe Biden's inauguration day will take place TODAY – Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Opening remarks tend to begin at 11.30am EST – this means it will begin at 4.30pm GMT.

Then viewers in the UK will see Joe Biden and Kamala Harris sworn in at 5pm. 

You can watch the inauguration LIVE on The Sun's YouTube channel.

You can also follow the event on our live Inauguration blog. 

The BBC and ITV also have coverage from 4pm.

Later in the day, Biden will move into the White House which will be his home for the next four years. 

Where will the inauguration take place? 

The inauguration will take place outside the Capitol in Washington DC.

But with the coronavirus pandemic and the mayhem of the Capitol riots, the inauguration will look very different to previous events.

It will be held on the same spot where a violent, pro-Trump mob gathered on January 6 before storming the Capitol buildings – seen as the seat of US democracy. 

The inauguration is designated as a “national special security event," which clears the way for communication, funding and preparation between multiple agencies.

Other such events are the State of the Union, the Super Bowl, and the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

Tight security is in place around the entire capital region in Washington. 

At least 10,000 National Guard troops will be in place in the days before the inauguration.

The grounds of the Capitol will be closed to the public as the inauguration is a ticketed event only. 

What is the inauguration day schedule? 

The inauguration is expected at 4.30pm, with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris set to take their oaths about half an hour later. 

Joe Biden will say: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Mr Biden will then become the 46th president of the United States. 

Harris will become vice-president once she takes the oath of office – normally this happens just before the president-elect’s oath. 

She will be the first woman and the first black and Asian American to hold the position.

Biden will then give his inaugural address.

The inauguration is then finished and celebrations begin. 

While inaugurations usually see Americans in their millions attend Washington to catch a glimpse of proceedings, this year’s inauguration size will be "extremely limited", due to coronavirus.

After the oaths, there will be a "pass in review" ceremony – a traditional part of the inauguration where the new commander-in-chief inspects the troops. 

Instead of the usual parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, a "virtual parade" will be held across the US due to the pandemic. 

Biden, Harris and their families will then move to the White House, escorted by members of the military and a band and drum corps. 

Due to the pandemic the traditional luncheon that follows the inaugural ceremony and the inaugural balls have been cancelled.

Lady Gaga is booked to sing the national anthem as part of the celebrations and Jennifer Lopez will also sing during the ceremony's musical performance.

Once Mr Biden has been sworn in, actor Tom Hanks will host 90 minutes of primetime television at around 1am on January 21 GMT, with Garth Brooks, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Justin Timberlake all expected to take part.

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