Joe Biden inauguration: UK start time, schedule and TV channel

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After two months of waiting, Joe Biden will finally take the oath and become the 46th President of the United States.

Since Americans cast their votes on November 3 last year, Donald Trump has been falsely claiming election fraud in an increasingly desperate bid to cling on to power and remain in the White House.

That culminated in pro-Trump rioters storming the Capitol Building two weeks ago as Congress was certifying Biden's election win.

Those violent scenes – that resulted in five deaths – have lead to extraordinary security measures being put in place; the National Guard has been deployed, the National Mall will be closed and there will be no post-ceremony parade.

However, the main event – the President-elect swearing the oath – will still happen.

Here's the Inauguration Day schedule.

What time is the inauguration?

The ceremony itself will begin at 4.30pm UK time (11.30am ET) on Wednesday with Lady Gaga performing the national anthem and prayers before the swearing in of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

President-elect Biden will then take the oath of office around 30 minutes later at 5pm (12pm ET) and then deliver his inaugural address.

The President will make his way out to the platform outside the Capitol Building to be sworn in
(Image: REUTERS)

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Sulking President Trump has said he won't attend – as he still refuses to admit defeat – and is set to gracelessly leave the White House for Florida at around 1.30pm UK time (8.30am ET).

The official inauguration ball has been cancelled this year because of coronavirus, but in its place will be a TV special called "Celebrating America" at 1.30am UK time on Thursday (8.30pm Wednesday ET).

Hosted by Tom Hanks, it will also feature the newly sworn in President Biden and Vice President Harris and performances from the likes of Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato and Bruce Springsteen.

What channel is the inauguration on?

It won't be difficult to find coverage of the inauguration.

Coverage is set to start on BBC One and ITV1 at 4pm, while the BBC News and Sky News channels will also be covering the build-up throughout the day, as well as the ceremony.

An Inauguration Special of The News Agenda Explained will also run on the Mirror's Facebook page from 4.30pm and feature Susie Boniface (Fleet Street Fox), Rory Bremner, Emma Kennedy and Mark Steel.

The Mirror's live blog will contain a live stream as well as news and reaction from the event.

"Celebrating America" will be available to watch on Amazon Prime, the Biden Inaugural Committee's Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts and on US news networks including ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and NBC.