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In photos: The Biden and Harris inauguration

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are being inaugurated as president and vice president respectively in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning.

Why it matters: Top Democrats and Republicans gathered for the peaceful transfer of power at the Capitol only two weeks after an unprecedented siege on the building by Trump supporters. Trump did not attend the ceremony.

The U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/pool/AFP via Getty Image
President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden at the ceremony. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama at the inauguration ceremony. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris greets Vice President Mike Pence as she arrives at the inauguration ceremony. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) at the inauguration ceremony. Photo: Greg Nash/pool/AFP via Getty Images
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), wearing a face mask that reads "Come and Take It", at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. Cruz led a group of senators to oppose certifying state Electoral College votes for Biden. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the inauguration ceremony. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/pool/AFP via Getty Images
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Jan. 20. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/pool/AFP via Getty Images
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images
National Guard members at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on the phone at the Capitol on Jan. 20. Photo: Saul Loeb/pool/AFP via Getty Images
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at the inauguration on Jan. 20. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/pool/AFP via Getty Images
Vice President Mike Pence at the inauguration ceremony. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura at the inauguration ceremony. Photo: Patrick Semansky/pool/AFP via Getty Images
The podium at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool/Getty Images.
Attendees arrive at the inauguration on Jan. 20. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

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