Inauguration Day as it unfolds, in pictures

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<p>President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump depart the White House for the last time on the morning of Inauguration Day.</p> (AFP via Getty)

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump depart the White House for the last time on the morning of Inauguration Day.

(AFP via Getty)

Inauguration Day 2021 began like no other. A ring of steel and tens of thousands of National Guard troops surround Washington DC for the swearing-in of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, following the insurrection at the US Capitol earlier this month by a pro-Trump mob.

The outgoing president broke with 150 years of tradition and refused to welcome his successor and be present for the peaceful transfer of power at noon. Instead Mr Trump jetted off on Air Force One for his new life in Florida early Wednesday. Here, The Independent follows the day as it unfolds.

Donald Trump and First Lady Melania depart the White House for the last time on the morning of Inauguration Day. The couple is eschewing the tradition of meeting the incoming first family and will not attend president-elect Biden’s inauguration. Mrs Trump has not given incoming first lady, Dr Jill Biden, a tour of the private residence and has reportedly not been in touch with her at allAFP via Getty Images
Donald Trump and First Lady Melania depart the White House for the last time on the morning of Inauguration Day. The couple is eschewing the tradition of meeting the incoming first family and will not attend president-elect Biden’s inauguration. Mrs Trump has not given incoming first lady, Dr Jill Biden, a tour of the private residence and has reportedly not been in touch with her at allAFP via Getty Images
Nearly 200,000 American flags are seen in the early hours of Inauguration Day on the National Mall as part of a ‘Field of Flags’ exhibition to represent those not able to attend due to the Covid-19 pandemicAFP via Getty Images
Nearly 200,000 American flags are seen in the early hours of Inauguration Day on the National Mall as part of a ‘Field of Flags’ exhibition to represent those not able to attend due to the Covid-19 pandemicAFP via Getty Images
The sun rises behind the US Capitol in Washington DC where Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, 20 January 2021EPA
The sun rises behind the US Capitol in Washington DC where Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, 20 January 2021EPA