Historic Photos From Joe Biden And Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Day Ceremony

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(Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images)
(Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images)

The day is finally here. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as president and vice president during a historic inauguration ceremony.

Images from the U.S. Capitol show a scene that is drastically different from previous inaugurations due to security concerns and the global coronavirus pandemic. Crowds are replaced by thousands of flags on the National Mall and socially distanced seating for guests attending the ceremony in person.

See the latest photos from the inauguration ceremony below.

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(Photo: JIM WATSON via Getty Images)

President Joe Biden sits in the Oval Office as he signs a series of orders at the White House.

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(Photo: JIM WATSON via Getty Images)

President Joe Biden hugs First Lady Jill Biden as they arrive at the White House.

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(Photo: Patrick Smith via Getty Images)

Vice President Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff and family walk the abbreviated parade route.

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(Photo: Mark Makela via Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden walk the abbreviated parade route to the White House.

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(Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images)

Secret Service members protect U.S. President Joe Biden’s motorcade during the abbreviated parade after Biden’s inauguration.

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(Photo: Pool via Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery.

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(Photo: Pool via Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff stand on the east steps of the U.S. Capitol.

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(Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI via Getty Images)

National youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman recites a poem.

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(Photo: Rob Carr via Getty Images)

Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman recites a poem she wrote for the inauguration.

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(Photo: Rob Carr via Getty Images)

Garth Brooks performs at the inauguration.

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(Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.

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(Photo: Win McNamee via Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his inauguration address.

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(Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images)

President Joe Biden hugs his son Hunter Biden and daughter Ashley Biden after being sworn in as U.S. president.

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(Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images)

President Joe Biden kisses First Lady Jill Biden after his inauguration.

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(Photo: Rob Carr via Getty Images)

Joe Biden is sworn in as U.S. President during his inauguration.

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(Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images)

Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President of the United States.

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(Photo: Rob Carr via Getty Images)

Lady Gaga sings the National Anthem at the inauguration.

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(Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images)

Lady Gaga arrives to sing the National Anthem.

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(Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden greets former U.S. President Barack Obama upon arriving.

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(Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images)

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff applaud arrival of President Joe Biden to his inauguration.

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(Photo: Win McNamee via Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden and Jill Biden arrive at his inauguration.

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(Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden and Jill Biden meet with others at the inauguration.

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(Photo: Rob Carr via Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden and Jill Biden arrive.

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(Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images)

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff wave.

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(Photo: Rob Carr via Getty Images)

Vice President Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff arrive to the inauguration.

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(Photo: Win McNamee via Getty Images)

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff arrive to the inauguration.

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(Photo: Win McNamee via Getty Images)

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman arrives at the inauguration.

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(Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images)

Former U.S. President George W. Bush and Rep. Jim Clyburn talk at the inauguration.

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(Photo: Win McNamee via Getty Images)

Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence arrive.

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(Photo: Rob Carr via Getty Images)

Former U.S. President George W. Bush and Laura Bush arrive to the inauguration.

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(Photo: Joe Raedle via Getty Images)

Doug Emhoff, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Jill Biden and President Joe Biden wave as they arrive at the U.S. Capitol for the inauguration.

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(Photo: TASOS KATOPODIS via Getty Images)

Members of the National Guard look on as American flags decorate the “Field of Flags” at the National Mall ahead of the inauguration.

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(Photo: MELINA MARA via Getty Images)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives for the inauguration of Joe Biden.

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(Photo: Stephanie Keith via Getty Images)

Flags decorate the “Field of Flags” at the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol.

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(Photo: MELINA MARA via Getty Images)

Former President Barack Obama, and former first lady Michelle Obama arrive.

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(Photo: TASOS KATOPODIS via Getty Images)

A member of the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” looks on ahead of the inauguration.

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(Photo: Jim Bourg / Reuters)

The military band assembles before the inauguration.

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(Photo: Kent Nishimura via Getty Images)

The Seal of the President is hung as preparations are made on the morning of the 59th presidential inauguration ceremony.

(Photo: Tom Brenner / Reuters)
(Photo: Tom Brenner / Reuters)

President Joe Biden, his wife Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff attend a church service before his presidential inauguration, at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Washington.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.