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Joe Biden’s Daughter Ashley, 39, & Grandkids Look So Stylish At Inauguration: See Outfits

Here’s a breakdown of the Biden family’s inauguration fashion, from the evening outfits to the colorful coats that Joe’s daughter and grandchildren wore.

Joe Biden has only been in office for two days, and his family has already taken Twitter and fashion columns by storm. The new POTUS’s daughter Ashley Biden, 39, and his grandchildren Naomi, 27, Finnegan, 20, Maisy, 19, Natalie, 16, and grandson Robert “Hunter” Biden II, 14, impressed fans with their Inauguration Day fashion on Jan. 20, which entailed monochrome winter coats for the daytime portion and sophisticated evening wear for the nighttime festivities at Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

From left to right: Joe’s son-in-law Howard, granddaughter Natalie, granddaughter Maisy, daughter Ashley (in her iconic tux), Joe himself, wife Jill, granddaughter Finnegan, granddaughter Naomi, and grandson Robert “Hunter” Biden II. (Photo Credit: AP)

We’ll start our fashion breakdown with Ashley. The social worker and activist ditched a dress altogether and made a powerful statement as the First Daughter of the United States in a Ralph Lauren tuxedo, complete with a bow tie and stilettos, for Inauguration Night — you can see a close-up shot below.

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Ashley Biden looks powerful in a Ralph Lauren tuxedo on Inauguration Night on Jan. 20, 2021. (Photo Credit: AP)

Meanwhile, Ashley’s nieces Naomi, Finnegan, Maisy and Natalie all wore designer dresses for the evening portion of Inauguration Day. Two of Joe’s granddaughters, Natalie and Finnegan, both wore dresses from Markarian (the same designer that their grandmother, Jill Biden, wore for the daytime ceremony). Finnegan is pictured below wearing a sparkly orange number from the high-end brand by her older sister Naomi, who looked lovely in a purple frock. Meanwhile, Hunter — who is standing to their far right — wore a classic suit and tie.

Finnegan Biden, Naomi Biden, Robert Biden II
From left to right: Finnegan and Naomi Biden (both daughters of Hunter and Kahtleen Biden) and their cousin, Robert Biden II. (Photo Credit: AP)

To the far left of the group shot you have Biden’s other teen granddaughter, Maisy. Like her aunt, Maisy defied traditional dress code by rocking a Rodarte print dress with Nike high-top sneakers! She is pictured standing by Natalie (in the gold dress), who’s actually a TikTok star with 1.5 million followers.

Biden’s family drew just as much attention even for the toned-down swearing in ceremony that took place at the U.S. Capitol earlier that day. Ashley opted for a sensible navy double breasted coat with a face mask in a matching color, and essentially twinned with her father as he became the 46th president of the United States (check out their matching outfits below).

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Ashley Biden wears a navy winter coat that matches her father’s at his inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2021. (Photo Credit: AP)

Biden’s granddaughters’ outfits, however, were a different story for the daytime event. The foursome drew attention across the Internet for their monochrome winter outfits: Natalie especially stood out in a bubblegum pink coat and coordinating face mask!

Jill Biden, Natalie Biden, Finnegan Biden, Robert Biden II
Jill Biden is pictured in the front in bright blue, coordinating with her granddaughter Natalie Biden who’s in bright pink! Pictured behind them are Robert “Hunter” Biden II, Maisy Biden and Finnegan Biden. (Photo Credit: AP)
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Naomi Biden wears suffragette white by Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. (Photo Credit: AP)

Natalie’s cousins also stuck to this monochrome theme in different colors: Finnegan in peachy salmon, Maisy in navy, and Naomi in suffragette white. Even Jill coordinated with her granddaughters’ monochrome theme by having Markarian designer Alexandra O’Neill create her blue tweed coat, dress and coordinating face mask.

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The Biden family walk together as a family on Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, 2021. (Photo Credit: AP)

It’s easy to see why the Biden family got all dressed up for the big day (aside from the fact that Joe was becoming the president and replacing Donald Trump, of course). Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga performed at the daytime ceremony, and even former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama attended the historical day (you can see them standing with Naomi among the photos above). The nation’s youngest poet laureate, Amanda Gorman, also delivered a moving poem at the inauguration ceremony. The daytime event was followed by the Celebrating America television and livestream special, which Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris also delivered remarks for (for the event, Biden and his family gathered at the Lincoln Memorial, as you can see above).

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Doug Emhoff’s Ex-Wife Was At Inauguration As VP Kamala Harris Was Sworn In: ‘So Excited’

The inauguration was a family affair for Kamala Harris and  husband Doug Emhoff, whose ex-wife Kerstin Emhoff was front and center in family photos at the Capitol! See the snaps and learn more about the family!

One big happy family! Doug Emhoff‘s ex-wife, Kerstin Emhoff was in attendance at the inauguration, where his current wife Kamala Harris was officially sworn in as the first female, Black American and South Asian American Vice President in U.S. history. And, for those who are sniffing around for some sort of scandalous family drama — you’re looking in the wrong place. Kerstin, who appears to have a very amicable co-parenting relationship with her ex, is a proud supporter and close friend of Vice President Harris.

Kerstin — who shares two children with the Second Gentlemen, Cole and Ella Emhoff — shared a number of photos from the family’s Inauguration Day festivities to Instagram. On January 20, Kerstin posed in front of Lincoln Memorial with her son and daughter. “Here we go!” she wrote in the caption of her post, which included a snap of the trio wearing matching black face masks.

In a separate post, Kerstin shared a candid snap of her children as they made their way down the steps of the United States Capitol. “My babies,” she wrote alongside the smiling photo of the brother and sister. A third photo showed Kerstin and Ella standing outside near the Capitol. The proud mom gave a shoutout to her fashionable daughter, who she gushed “made quite a splash” on Inauguration Day — which is a true statement.

Ella, a budding artist and design student, stole the show on Wednesday with her chic style and poised presence. After she made a splash on social media, due in part to her embellished, striped coat, Ella became the unofficial, official breakout fashion star of the inauguration. Additionally, Kerstin tagged a few big-name designers, including Miu Miu and Gucci, in her post with Ella.

Lastly, Kerstin shared a 4-minute video that showed the firework display that took place at night on Inauguration Day. The clip showed the blended family cheering and clapping as they welcomed this wonderful new chapter — after four years of Donald Trump‘s disastrous presidency.

Doug Emhoff & wife Vice President Kamala Harris with her nieces on Inauguration Day. (Photo credit: AP Images)

Kerstin and Doug were married for 25 years before their divorce. Doug and Kamala, who met on a blind date in 2013 (a well-documented, heartfelt story told by the VP herself) tied the knot in August 2014. Additionally, Kerstin has publicly supported Kamala and President Joe Biden‘s campaign on social media.

As mentioned, Doug’s ex-wife has a great relationship and strong friendship with Kamala — and the women have spoken very highly of one another on a number of occasions. “Kerstin and I hit it off ourselves and are dear friends,” Harris wrote in Elle in May of 2019. “She and I became a duo of cheerleaders in the bleachers at Ella’s swim meets and basketball games, often to Ella’s embarrassment. We sometimes joke that our modern family is almost a little too functional,” she admitted.

“One of the keys to my relationship with Cole and Ella is their mom,” Harris said in a separate interview with CNN in September. “We are friends. We have a very modern family … The thing about blended families — if everyone approaches it in the way that there’s plenty of love to share, then it works.”

In a profile on herself, Kerstin recalled when she discovered her ex was dating Kamala, who was the attorney general of California at the time. “I just thought, ‘Wow, that’s cool. Don’t mess this up!’” she told Marie Claire in 2020.

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Bernie Sanders Reveals He’s ‘Seen’ The Inauguration Mitten Memes: I Was Just ‘Trying To Keep Warm’

Senator Bernie Sanders explained that he was ‘just trying to keep warm’ on Inauguration Day when the viral photo of him looking grumpy was snapped. He loves the memes, though!

Yes, Bernie Sanders has seen the memes. Though the day was about Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, all eyes were on the Vermont senator at their inauguration after a photo circulated of him sitting with his arms crossed in the audience. Sanders discussed the photo on Late Night With Seth Meyers, explaining that his now-iconic mittens, like anything he chooses, were all about practicality.

Senator Bernie Sanders sits back and keeps warm while watching President Joe Biden’s inauguration, 1/20/21 (AP)

“I was just sitting there trying to keep warm, trying to pay attention to what was going on,” Sanders told Meyers, with a laugh. The viral photo from the January 20 festivities became a meme in real time. Images of a seemingly grumpy Sanders replacing Samantha in the Sex and the City cast, chilling in Guy Fieri‘s convertible, sitting on the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones, and just riding a dirty subway car in NYC started making the rounds. Thousands upon thousands of these popped up on Twitter.

People became obsessed with Sanders’ brown mittens. He gave the woman who made them a sweet shoutout on Late Night. The designer? Jen Ellis, a second grade teacher from Vermont, crafted the mittens from repurposed wool sweaters and lined them with fleece made from recycled plastic bottles. She gifted the mittens to Sanders on the campaign trail last year. Unfortunately for those who wanted to cop the senator’s style, Ellis isn’t making any more.

Senator Bernie Sanders campaigns for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in 2020, sans mittens (AP)

Ellis told Jewish Insider that, “there’s no possible way I could make 6000 pairs of mittens, and every time I go into my email, another several hundred people have emailed me. I hate to disappoint people, but the mittens, they’re one of a kind and they’re unique and, sometimes in this world, you just can’t get everything you want.” As for the other viral image of Sanders from the inauguration? Sanders wouldn’t divulge what was in that giant envelope. “I’d love to tell ya, but it’s top secret,” he laughed.

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Bernie Sanders Defends His Attire at Joe Biden’s Inauguration | The State

Bernie Sanders at Biden’s inauguration.

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Senator Bernie Sanders was one of the most cited characters on social media during Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The legislator appeared at the ceremony dressed as if it were a normal winter day as the Biden, the Harrisons and other personalities designer suits were parading. Sanders appeared with the winter jacket that has been seen before and wool gloves.

The outfit unleashed the creators of memes on social networks. The Bernie figure was used for special montages.

Some even put a poncho on him with the Virgin of Guadalupe.

And they located him in the New York subway.

Sanders spoke of his clothing to CBS.

“In Vermont, we know something about the cold, and we are not so concerned with good fashion,” Sanders said. “We want to keep warm. And that’s what I did today. “

The truth is that “Uncle Bernie” brought additional joy to citizens on a special day in America.

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Jill Biden’s Inauguration Look Gets Compared To Britney Spears’ 2001 Denim Gown & Twitter Is Here For It

Twitter quickly made the connection between Jill Biden’s stunning blue tweed jacket and Britney Spears’ iconic denim dress! See some of the hilarious tweets here.

Did Dr. Jill Biden take a style cue from Britney Spears? Twitter certainly thinks so! The new First Lady stunned for her husband Joe Biden‘s inauguration in a blue tweed jacket by Markarian dress and coat that some fans thought was reminiscent of Britney’s iconic denim dress look from 2001! The pop star wore the unique strapless gown with then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake as the pair walked the red carpet and the look hasn’t been forgotten since (just look at memes).

President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden leave the Inauguration Day ceremony of in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, 2021. (AP)

“Dr Jill Biden, FLOTUS, queen, is giving me very much Britney 2001 vibes and I’m here for it,” a Twitter user posted, including a photo of Britney from 20 years ago. The two women even appear to wearing their hair similarly! “Jill Biden serving us Britney Spears realness [with that] icy blue on,” another added, including a heart eye and laughing crying emoji, while a third wrote, “Dr. Jill Biden looks how I imagine Britney Spears will look when she’s older.” Of course, there is a 30 year age difference between the gorgeous women: Jill is 69, while Britney is 39.

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake attend the AMA Awards in 2001. (AP)

Jill looked like an absolute vision for her husband’s inauguration, showing off her Markarian ensemble as the pair walked hand in hand through the streets of Washington, D.C. The fitted tweed jacket featured luxe velvet cuffs and buttons, and underneath, her dress was adorned with Swarovski crystals and pearls. It was finished with a feminine scallop cut. She finished the look with a pair of matching blue leather gloves, a breathable silk face mask and Jimmy Choo pumps in the same shade.

A fan compares Britney Spears and Joe Biden. (AP)

“The color blue was chosen for the pieces to signify trust, confidence, and stability,” a release from Markarian read, detailing the look. The design house was founded by Alexandra O’Neill in 2017. “The look was carefully crafted by a small team in the heart of New York City’s Garment Center and hand finished by O’Neill in her West Village studio,” the release also explained, noting that the designer was “incredibly humbled to be a small part of such a historic moment.”

As for Britney, her unforgettable denim look just celebrated a milestone 20th anniversary! The Kurt and Bart designed dress was one of a kind, and she added some serious 2000s vibes with a rhinestone choker, bracelets and chain belt. “It was a really organic… it was just two kids, wanting to do something cool, and being super cute, matching. It was kind of like their prom,” Steven Gerstein, who designed Justin’s matching out outfit said to Jezebel in June.

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Inauguration Day was more accessible than ever, but there’s still a ways to go

Firefighter Andrea Hall put accessible communication front and center at the presidential inauguration today when she led the Pledge of Allegiance in both spoken English and Signed English. The inaugural committee also hosted several separate accessible live streams of the event on its YouTube page, including one with audio description, one with live captions and American Sign Language interpretation, and one with Cued Speech transliteration (the use of hand shapes to signal speech sounds).

But despite those efforts, many deaf and hard of hearing viewers still found the inauguration inaccessible. Most broadcast stations didn’t have an ASL interpreter on-screen and used automated captions, which are notoriously inaccurate. In what some saw as a particularly frustrating move, several live streams switched to a wide shot of the crowd in the middle of Hall’s signing of the pledge, cutting off the only portion of the event during which signing appeared at center stage.

Although the “Accessible Inauguration” page was a change of pace for those who’ve grown used to being excluded from these kinds of events, many people didn’t know to look there for the appropriate stream. Both the audio description and Cued Speech transliteration streams were unlisted on YouTube, meaning you’d have to know to go to that page to get the links for them. Throughout the event, people on Twitter asked where they could find a stream with an ASL interpreter or expressed frustration that there were no interpreters at the event.

The reliability of the official interpreted streams was also spotty in some cases. There were several stretches of time when the picture-in-picture of the ASL interpreter disappeared from the screen, leaving chunks of speech inaccessible. The most consistently interpreted stream was the “Inaugural Celebration for Young Americans” hosted by Keke Palmer, but it was specifically directed at children, and deaf adults shouldn’t have to rely on programming for kids.

The new administration’s prioritization of accessibility is an exciting step, and the availability of such a variety of accessible sources is a big deal for many disabled Americans. But there’s still work to be done to ensure accessible options are reliable and easily available across all platforms.

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UAE leaders congratulate Biden on inauguration as US President

Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Wednesday congratulated Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America.

In his cable, Sheikh Khalifa wished Biden success and expressed hope that the two countries would deepen their decades-long partnership in working together on pressing challenges such as global health, climate change, and violent extremism. Moreover, Sheikh Khalifa noted that the UAE leadership has had the privilege of working closely with President Biden during his many years of service in the US Senate and as Vice President.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also sent similar cables to the US President expressing their wishes for further growth in various fields to serve the interests of the two friendly countries and peoples.

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Kamala Harris and Michelle Obama wear purple for Inauguration Day

Kamala Harris looked regal in a purple coat by black designer Christopher John Rogers as she was sworn in as Vice President at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, making history as the the first female and first black and south Asian to do so. 

The 56-year-old, who was joined by her husband Doug Emhoff, wore the eye-catching coat over a matching purple dress. She topped off the look with a custom pearl necklace by Puerto Rican designer Wilfredo Rosado, black leather gloves, sheer tights, and a mask. 

Harris’ ‘bipartisan’ color choice set the tone of the day, with former First Ladies Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton also donning shades of the royal hue.   

Stylish statement: Kamala Harris, 56, looked elegant in a purple coat by black designer Christopher John Rogers when she arrived at the inauguration at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday with her husband Doug Emhoff

Message of unity: Purple is seen as a bipartisan color as it's a mix of both red and blue

Message of unity: Purple is seen as a bipartisan color as it’s a mix of both red and blue 

Matching: Both Michelle Obama (pictured) and Hillary Clinton wore shades of purple to the inauguration

Matching: Both Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton (pictured) wore shades of purple to the inauguration

Matching: Both Michelle Obama (left and Hillary Clinton (right) wore shades of purple to the inauguration 

Purple is traditionally recognized as a sign of bipartisanship as it’s a mix of both red and blue, according to The Hill. 

Mrs. Obama, who was joined by her husband, former President Barack Obama, cut a stylish figure in a head-to-toe plum suit by Sergio Hudson. The 57-year-old wore a floor-length coat over a form-fitting turtleneck and wide-leg pants — all in the same deep shade. 

She topped off the look with a matching belt featuring a large gold buckle that pulled the outfit together. Her dark hair was worn down in loose curls, and she had on a black face mask that matched her heeled boots and leather gloves. 

Mrs. Obama’s tailor Christy Rilling told DailyMail.com that fit was the main focus when preparing her Inauguration Day outfit. 

‘On such important events like today we always consider the tailoring to be the top priority,’ the New York-based couturier said. ‘It’s the best magic trick to make you look flawless on camera just like Mrs. Obama showed again today.’    

Icon: Taking a cute from Harris, Mrs. Obama cut a stylish figure in head-to-toe plum at the inauguration

Icon: Taking a cute from Harris, Mrs. Obama cut a stylish figure in head-to-toe plum at the inauguration

Monochrome: Mrs. Obama wore a floor-length coat over a form-fitting turtleneck and wide-leg pants by Sergio Hudson

Monochrome: Mrs. Obama wore a floor-length coat over a form-fitting turtleneck and wide-leg pants by Sergio Hudson

Fit like a glove: Mrs. Obama's tailor, Christy Rilling, told DailyMail.com that tailoring the outfit was their 'top priority'

Fit like a glove: Mrs. Obama’s tailor, Christy Rilling, told DailyMail.com that tailoring the outfit was their ‘top priority’

Added touch: The former First Lady topped off the look with a matching belt featuring a large gold buckle

Added touch: The former First Lady topped off the look with a matching belt featuring a large gold buckle

Hairdo: : Mrs. Obama's dark hair was sided-parted and styled in loose curls for the swearing-in ceremony

Hairdo: : Mrs. Obama’s dark hair was sided-parted and styled in loose curls for the swearing-in ceremony 

Affectionate: The Obamas held hands at they arrived at the historic event together

Affectionate: The Obamas held hands at they arrived at the historic event together 

Rilling added: ‘We have been working on it little by little for the last couple of months  — but of course, as always, there are last minute tweaks that usually go into the early hours of the a.m.’ 

Purple appeared to be the color of the day as Mrs. Clinton, 73, donned a bright purple suit and matching scarf. To keep warm, the former secretary of state also wore a dark wool coat over her suit. 

Like Mrs. Obama, she had on a black mask that matched her gloves and shoes as she arrived with her husband, former President Bill Clinton. 

Mrs. Clinton told the Capitol Hill press pool that she wore ‘purple with a purpose.’  

‘I knew the theme President Biden was striking was unity and I thought if you combined red and blue, the way that we are divided politically in our country, you get purple,’ she said with a laugh. ‘So I want to just to send a bit of a symbolic message that we need to come together.’

While Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Clinton’s looks complemented Ms. Harris’ outfit of choice, Mrs. Bush matched Mrs. Biden, who dazzled in an ocean blue tweed coat and dress by New York-based designer Alexandra O’Neill, the founder and creative director of Markarian.     

Making a statement: Hillary Clinton, 73, donned a bright purple suit and matching scarf, which she paired with a dark wool coat to keep warm

Making a statement: Hillary Clinton, 73, donned a bright purple suit and matching scarf, which she paired with a dark wool coat to keep warm

Together: The former secretary of state was joined by her husband, former President Bill Clinton

Together: The former secretary of state was joined by her husband, former President Bill Clinton 

Feeling good: Mrs. Clint gave a cheerful wave as they arrived at the West Front o the U.S. Capitol

Feeling good: Mrs. Clint gave a cheerful wave as they arrived at the West Front o the U.S. Capitol 

Keeping warm: Mrs. Clinton was bundled up in a scarf that matched her suit and black suede gloves

Keeping warm: Mrs. Clinton was bundled up in a scarf that matched her suit and black suede gloves 

First Ladylike: Laura Bush, 74, wore a powder blue coat with a dark lapel over a slate-gray dress and sheer tights for the occasion

First Ladylike: Laura Bush, 74, wore a powder blue coat with a dark lapel over a slate-gray dress and sheer tights for the occasion 

Arm-in-arm: Mrs. Bush arrived at the U.S. Capitol with her husband, former President George W. Bush

Arm-in-arm: Mrs. Bush arrived at the U.S. Capitol with her husband, former President George W. Bush 

Important accessory: The former First Lady carried a slate gray leather purse that matched her dress

Important accessory: The former First Lady carried a slate gray leather purse that matched her dress 

Complementary couple: The Bushes were arm-in-arm when they arrived at the inauguration, with his light blue tie matching his wife's coat

Complementary couple: The Bushes were arm-in-arm when they arrived at the inauguration, with his light blue tie matching his wife’s coat

Mrs. Bush, 74, wore a powder blue coat with a dark lapel over a slate-gray dress and sheer tights. She accessorized the look with a long silver ball necklace, a light gray mask, and flats. 

The top button of her coat was buttoned, and she carried a small gray leather handbag that perfectly matched her dress as she walked arm-in-arm with her husband, former President George W. Bush. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 80, also stood out in a shade of blue. She stood out in a cheery teal coat, which she wore over a white dress. Her scarf and heels matched her coat, while her patterned mask and gloves matched the buttons on her coat. 

Outgoing President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania skipped the inauguration and flew to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, turning their backs on their successors in a gesture unseen since 1869. However, she got in one last sartorial look at the White House. 

She was seen boarding Marine One on the South Lawn in a somber all-black outfit that featured a Chanel jacket priced at over $5,600, a pair of $795 Christian Louboutin heels, and a black crocodile Hermes Birkin worth more than $70,000.    

All eyes on her: First Lady Jill Biden dazzled in an ocean blue tweed coat and dress by New York-based designer Alexandra O'Neill, the founder and creative director of Markarian

All eyes on her: First Lady Jill Biden dazzled in an ocean blue tweed coat and dress by New York-based designer Alexandra O’Neill, the founder and creative director of Markarian

Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen chose to stay and watch Biden be sworn in, but she took a cue from Mrs. Trump and wore all black. 

Mrs. Pence, 64, sported a black wool coat over a dark skirt suit, which she paired with black tights, black heels, black leather gloves, and a black face mask. 

Guests on the inaugural platform on the West Front of the Capitol talked and mingled on the cold, Washington D.C. day while they waited for the ceremony to begin. It was windy and in the 40s. A light snow fell on the Capitol and waiting guests.

They wore face masks and bundled up against the cold in coats, gloves, and scarves. 

Bucking tradition: Outgoing President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania skipped the inauguration and flew to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, but she got in one last sartorial look as she left the White House in an all-black outfit

Bucking tradition: Outgoing President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania skipped the inauguration and flew to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, but she got in one last sartorial look as she left the White House in an all-black outfit 

Someber: Outgoing Second Lady Karen Pence, 64, sported a black wool coat over a dark skirt suit, which she paired with black heels, black leather gloves, and a black face mask

Someber: Outgoing Second Lady Karen Pence, 64, sported a black wool coat over a dark skirt suit, which she paired with black heels, black leather gloves, and a black face mask

Breezy: Mrs. Pence's hair whipped in the wind as she arrived at the inauguration with her husband

Breezy: Mrs. Pence’s hair whipped in the wind as she arrived at the inauguration with her husband 

United front: The couple held hands as they walked down the stairs together

United front: The couple held hands as they walked down the stairs together 

Looks: The Obamas matched in their full-length coats, though the former President opted for classic black

Looks: The Obamas matched in their full-length coats, though the former President opted for classic black 

Catching up: Bush chatted with Nancy Pelosi and the Obamas while they waited for the swearing-in ceremony to start

Catching up: Bush chatted with Nancy Pelosi and the Obamas while they waited for the swearing-in ceremony to start

Saying hi: Mrs. Obama gave Biden's granddaughter Finnegan Biden a warm hug

Saying hi: Mrs. Obama gave Biden’s granddaughter Finnegan Biden a warm hug 

Former President Obama walked around saying hello to guests, including baseball player Alex Rodriguez, the husband of Jennifer Lopez. Lopez is performing in the ceremony. He also nodded to Pence and took a photo of Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff when they walked by him as they entered the platform. 

Most members of the Supreme Court were there, including Trump-appointed justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. 

Biden, 78, was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on the steps of the Capitol 11 minutes early on Wednesday. 

When he addressed the country for the first time as President, he declared to the nation that ‘democracy has prevailed’ — after a chaotic transition where his predecessor denied his election win and never congratulated him.

Joyous occasion: The Obamas fist-bumped Harris and her husband when they walked by

Joyous occasion: The Obamas fist-bumped Harris and her husband when they walked by 

Socially distanced: The seats were spaced apart with the Obamas right next to the Bushes

Socially distanced: The seats were spaced apart with the Obamas right next to the Bushes 

New era: Biden raised his hand and took an oath to 'preserve, protect, and defend' the Constitution on Wednesday — starting his tenure amid a pandemic and putting an end to a tumultuous four-year term by President Trump

New era: Biden raised his hand and took an oath to ‘preserve, protect, and defend’ the Constitution on Wednesday — starting his tenure amid a pandemic and putting an end to a tumultuous four-year term by President Trump

Words: 'The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded,' Biden said on the West Front of the Capitol just two weeks after MAGA riots threatened to stop the counting of the electoral votes for president in its tracks

Words: ‘The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded,’ Biden said on the West Front of the Capitol just two weeks after MAGA riots threatened to stop the counting of the electoral votes for president in its tracks 

‘The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded,’ Biden said on the West Front of the Capitol just two weeks after MAGA riots threatened to stop the counting of the electoral votes for President in its tracks.

He added: ‘We’ve learned again that democracy’s precious, democracy’s fragile. At this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.’

After the contentious contest, in which Trump falsely accused him of stealing the election, Biden paid tribute to the peaceful transfer of power and the resilience of American democracy.

‘This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day a day of history and hope, of renewal, and resolve, for crucible for the ages America has tested anew and America has risen to the challenge. Today we celebrate not a candidate, but a cause, the cause of democracy,’ he noted.

Sweet moment: The Bidens shared a kiss after he was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol

Sweet moment: The Bidens shared a kiss after he was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol 

Taking oath: Harris made history as the first female and first black and south Asian Vice President when she was sworn in

Taking oath: Harris made history as the first female and first black and south Asian Vice President when she was sworn in

Incredible bond: Harris had a bright smile on her face as she and Biden bumped fists during the inauguration

Incredible bond: Harris had a bright smile on her face as she and Biden bumped fists during the inauguration  

Starstruck: Jennifer Lopez excitedly greeted Vice President Kamala Harris during the inauguration

Starstruck: Jennifer Lopez excitedly greeted Vice President Kamala Harris during the inauguration

Biden thanked his predecessors of both parties for being at his swearing-in. 

‘I thank my predecessors of both parties for their presence here today. I thank them from the bottom of my heart,’ Biden said, adding he had spoken to former President Jimmy Carter on the phone the night before. Carter did not attend for safety reasons because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biden also acknowledged the attack that took place on the Capitol two weeks ago, when a pro-Trump mob interrupted the certification of his victory.

‘Now on this hallowed ground where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the capital’s very foundation. We come together under one nation, under God, indivisible, to transfer the peaceful power as we have for two centuries,’ he said.

Biden gave his inaugural remarks after history-making Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn in, with the oldest person to become president taking an oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend’ the Constitution — starting his tenure amid a pandemic and putting an end to a tumultuous four-year term by President Trump. 

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Lady Gaga makes a plea for peace in stunning gown with gold dove during her inauguration performance

Lady Gaga was a vision of glamour as she took the stage at the inauguration of the 46th President Of The United States, Joseph R. Biden.

All eyes were on the Million Reasons singer, 34, who made a patriotic statement in her stunning blue and red Schiaparelli ballgown.

Sending a message of unity, the native New Yorker’s dress was adorned with a striking gold dove, reaching out to its rivals with an olive branch in its mouth.

Breathtaking: All eyes were on Lady Gaga as she performed a chill-inducing rendition of the National Anthem during the inauguration of President Joe Biden in Washington DC on Wednesday

Gaga’s frock was expertly tailored, anchoring her 5foot2 figure with navy blue wool bodice with long sleeves, sturdy shoulders and a tapered waist. 

The sleek silhouette of the top was contrasted with a billowing red skirt, which provided maximum amounts of drama as the star sauntered towards the stage escorted by Marines.

She wove a ribbon through her platinum blonde locks, twisting her tresses into a braided crown. Matching the gilded dove on her chest, the Joanne singer donned gold olive branch earrings and a color-coordinated earpiece.

For makeup, Gaga – real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta – kept classic, opting for bold brows and a brick red lip.

She kept her head high as she made it to the balcony and grabbed a golden microphone. Then she began to croon, singing a stirring version of the Star Spangled Banner.

The often-avant-garde songstress took a traditional approach for the performance, showing off her unparalleled vocal strength with a effortlessly artful version of The National Anthem.

President Joe beamed in the background, unable to hide his glee. And he wasn’t the only Gaga fan in the audience, as the star was seen in an emotional embrace with President Barack Obama following her song.

For love of country: The Million Reasons singer, 34, made a patriotic statement in a stunning blue and red Schiaparelli ballgown adorned with a gold dove

For love of country: The Million Reasons singer, 34, made a patriotic statement in a stunning blue and red Schiaparelli ballgown adorned with a gold dove

Honored: The Academy Award nominee held hands with a Marine and said a prayer before her performance

Honored: The Academy Award nominee held hands with a Marine and said a prayer before her performance

Red, white and blue: Gaga's frock was expertly tailored, anchoring her 5foot2 figure with navy blue bodice with long sleeves, sturdy shoulders and a tapered waist

Regal: She wove a ribbon through her platinum blonde locks, twisting her tresses into a braided crown

Red, white and blue: Gaga’s frock was expertly tailored, anchoring her 5foot2 figure with navy blue bodice with long sleeves, sturdy shoulders and a tapered waist

Peace: Sending a message of unity, the native New Yorker's dress was adorned with a striking gold dove, reaching out to its rivals with an olive branch in its mouth

Peace: Sending a message of unity, the native New Yorker’s dress was adorned with a striking gold dove, reaching out to its rivals with an olive branch in its mouth

Pride: The A Star Is Born actress was overwhelmed with pride after she finished her song

Pride: The A Star Is Born actress was overwhelmed with pride after she finished her song

Emotional: President Biden seemed moved by the singer's performance

Emotional: President Biden seemed moved by the singer’s performance

Hi Joe! Gaga is a huge fan of the President. She helped the former VP campaign in Pennsylvania during the final days before the 2020 election

Hi Joe! Gaga is a huge fan of the President. She helped the former VP campaign in Pennsylvania during the final days before the 2020 election

Later, she shared a close look at the dove detail on her Twitter, writing: ‘A dove carrying an olive branch. May we all make peace with each other.’

Yesterday the Stupid Love singer also shared a message of peace, offering a prayer as she shared a snapshot from the nation’s capitol.

Appearing in all white with the camera positioned under her chin to reveal the historic Apotheosis Of Washington mural in the Capitol Rotunda, Gaga told fans: ‘I pray tomorrow will be a day of peace for all Americans. 

‘A day for love, not hatred. A day for acceptance not fear. A day for dreaming of our future joy as a country. A dream that is non-violent, a dream that provides safety for our souls. Love, from the Capitol.’

Gaga is a huge fan of the new President. She went to bat for the former VP back in October, when she helped him campaign in Pennsylvania during the final days before the 2020 election.

Helping hand: The star's dress was so dramatic she needed some help getting down the stairs

Helping hand: The star’s dress was so dramatic she needed some help getting down the stairs

Fan club: The star was seen in an emotional embrace with President Barack Obama following her song

Fan club: The star was seen in an emotional embrace with President Barack Obama following her song

Warm welcome: The 44th President seemed happy to see his old friend

Meet and greet: The two talked for a moment before sharing a hug and parting ways

Warm welcome: The 44th President seemed happy to see his old friend

Wings: Later, she shared a close look at the dove detail on her Twitter, writing: 'A dove carrying an olive branch. May we all make peace with each other'

Wings: Later, she shared a close look at the dove detail on her Twitter, writing: ‘A dove carrying an olive branch. May we all make peace with each other’

Prayers: Yesterday the Stupid Love singer said a prayer for peace as she shared a snapshot from the nation's capitol, asking fans for 'A day for love, not hatred. A day for acceptance not fear. A day for dreaming of our future joy as a country. A dream that is non-violent, a dream that provides safety for our souls'

Prayers: Yesterday the Stupid Love singer said a prayer for peace as she shared a snapshot from the nation’s capitol, asking fans for ‘A day for love, not hatred. A day for acceptance not fear. A day for dreaming of our future joy as a country. A dream that is non-violent, a dream that provides safety for our souls’

She was just one of the A-list entertainers who had the honor of singing during the inauguration.

Jennifer Lopez sang a medley of This Land Is Your Land and America The Beautiful, even sneaking in a line from her track Let’s Get Loud in near the end.

Country favorite Garth Brooks serenaded the crowd with Amazing Grace, which he made unforgettable after inviting the small audience to sing along.

But the fun wasn’t stopping there.

Though the inauguration is usually followed by a slew of star-studded balls, most of this year’s celebrations will be taking place virtually.

Tonight’s Celebrating America primetime special will be hosted by Tom Hanks and feature stars like Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, poet Amanda Gorman, The Foo Fighters, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, Lin Manuel Miranda, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Black Pumas, The New Radicals, Tony Goldwyn, Keke Palmer, Jon Stewart, TikTok sensation Nathan Apodaca, and more.

Preparations continue one ahead of the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden at the US Capitol in Washington

Preparations continue one ahead of the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden at the US Capitol in Washington

A general view of the National Mall on the eve of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, in Washington

A general view of the National Mall on the eve of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, in Washington

This year’s oath of office was very different from years past. 

Instead of a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, there was a memorial at Arlington National Cemetery and in place of balls, there will be Zoom parties. 

Hundreds of thousands congregating on the Capitol grounds and on the National Mall have been replaced by thousands of National Guard members.

The measures reflect restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus and heightened security after a mob of Trump supporters breached the Capitol two weeks ago, sending lawmakers into hiding and leaving five people dead, including a police officer.

Tens of thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed in the U.S. capital after law enforcement warned some extremist Trump backers were calling for more violence. 

As Biden officially became president, Trump had landed in Florida, heading to his Mar-a-Lago estate. Leaving the White House for the final time, Trump stopped briefly to speak to reporters, saying it had been the ‘honor of a lifetime’ to serve as President.

At Joint Base Andrews, he told a crowd of reporters that he would be back ‘in some form’ and before flying off on Air Force One, he told everyone present: ‘Have a nice life.’

The Capitol building is seen with decorative flags on the National Mall on Tuesday in Washington, DC. Tight security measures are in place for Inauguration Day due to greater security threats after the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6

The Capitol building is seen with decorative flags on the National Mall on Tuesday in Washington, DC. Tight security measures are in place for Inauguration Day due to greater security threats after the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6

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How to stream the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are set to make history today when they will be sworn into office as president and vice president. Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and heightened security following this month’s deadly attack on the Capitol, Inauguration Day will be unlike any other before.

Here’s how to watch and participate in the historic day’s events from home:

When is the presidential inauguration?

The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will begin on Wednesday, January 20th, in Washington, DC. Soon after Biden takes his oath of office, he will deliver an inaugural address outlining his vision for the next four years.

What time does the inauguration start?

The inauguration will officially begin at 12PM ET. But other events, like the national anthem, will start before the official event at 11:30AM ET.

Where can you watch the inauguration?

The Biden Presidential Inaugural Committee will host a free stream of the inauguration at bideninaugural.org and on YouTube.

ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, NBC / MSNBC News, CNN, and PBS will all host live streams of the event on their websites as well.

Who is performing at the inauguration?

Lady Gaga is set to perform the national anthem, and Jennifer Lopez will provide a musical performance as well. For people watching from home, the inaugural committee has planned for a “virtual parade” that will feature additional musical guests and other performances “paying homage to America’s heroes on the front lines of the pandemic” as the new president makes his way to the White House.

At 8:30PM ET Wednesday, the inauguration will be followed by a primetime television event hosted by Tom Hanks. Other celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, and Jon Bon Jovi will perform.

Who will attend the inauguration?

George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Clinton will all be in attendance, according to The New York Times. President Donald Trump will not be attending the event.