Photos: Washington prepares for Joe Biden’s inauguration

  • Scenes from the United States’ capital ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's January 20 inauguration. US presidential inaugurations are always tightly secure events with operations led by the US Secret Service, but this year's measures have been amped up after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on January 6 in a bid to prevent the final certification of Biden's victory. Law enforcement officials have warned of threats and armed groups in all 50 states.

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Preparations are made prior to a dress rehearsal for the 59th inaugural ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at the US Capitol on January 18 in Washington, DC. Joe Biden ascends to the presidency on January 20.(Patrick Semansky / POOL / AFP)

Preparations are made prior to a dress rehearsal for the 59th inaugural ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at the US Capitol on January 18 in Washington, DC. Joe Biden ascends to the presidency on January 20.(Patrick Semansky / POOL / AFP)

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Members of a US Armed Forces Honor Guard during a dress rehearsal ahead of the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies at the US Capitol on January 18.(J. Scott Applewhite / CNP / Bloomberg)

Members of a US Armed Forces Honor Guard during a dress rehearsal ahead of the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies at the US Capitol on January 18.(J. Scott Applewhite / CNP / Bloomberg)

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Preparations being done prior to a dress rehearsal for the 59th inaugural ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 18 in Washington.(Tasos Katopodis/Pool via AP)

Preparations being done prior to a dress rehearsal for the 59th inaugural ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 18 in Washington.(Tasos Katopodis/Pool via AP)

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National Guard troops sleeping inside the Capitol Visitor's Center at the US Capitol in Washington, on January 18. BIden's inauguration comes just two weeks after the outgoing president’s loyalists waged a deadly riot to block the change of power.(J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo)

National Guard troops sleeping inside the Capitol Visitor's Center at the US Capitol in Washington, on January 18. BIden's inauguration comes just two weeks after the outgoing president’s loyalists waged a deadly riot to block the change of power.(J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo)

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Members of the Pershing's Own Army band rehearse for President-elect Joe Biden's Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol on January 18.(Caroline Brehman / Pool via AP)

Members of the Pershing's Own Army band rehearse for President-elect Joe Biden's Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol on January 18.(Caroline Brehman / Pool via AP)

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Flags are ready to be placed on the National Mall ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 18. Joe Biden will ascend to the presidency with an inaugural speech outlining how he’ll tackle the health and economic crises he inherits while attempting to knit the country back together,(Alex Brandon / AP)

Flags are ready to be placed on the National Mall ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 18. Joe Biden will ascend to the presidency with an inaugural speech outlining how he’ll tackle the health and economic crises he inherits while attempting to knit the country back together,(Alex Brandon / AP)

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A police helicopter makes a survey of the Capitol after an announcement of security problems during a rehearsal for the Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington on January 18.(J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

A police helicopter makes a survey of the Capitol after an announcement of security problems during a rehearsal for the Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington on January 18.(J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

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The Washington Monument and the National Mall are visible as members of the US Air Force Honor Guard walk along the West Front of the US Capitol at the site of the 59th Presidential Inauguration, on January 18. In the Capitol Hill area, streets that are usually busy and traffic-clogged have been largely empty. Residents have been warned that cars within the exclusion zone would have to stay there until after the inauguration.(Andrew Harnik / REUTERS)

The Washington Monument and the National Mall are visible as members of the US Air Force Honor Guard walk along the West Front of the US Capitol at the site of the 59th Presidential Inauguration, on January 18. In the Capitol Hill area, streets that are usually busy and traffic-clogged have been largely empty. Residents have been warned that cars within the exclusion zone would have to stay there until after the inauguration.(Andrew Harnik / REUTERS)

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Workers use their body weight to hold down a large American flag placed on the National Mall, with the US Capitol behind them, on January 18 in Washington.(Alex Brandon / AP)

Workers use their body weight to hold down a large American flag placed on the National Mall, with the US Capitol behind them, on January 18 in Washington.(Alex Brandon / AP)

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The National Mall is filled with US flags during a dress rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden's Presidential Inauguration, in Washington on January 18. On the cusp of becoming president, Joe Biden pressed on January 18 for unity, while President Donald Trump remained secluded in the White House at the centre of a capital inundated with troops and security barriers.(Patrick Semansky / Pool via REUTERS)

The National Mall is filled with US flags during a dress rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden's Presidential Inauguration, in Washington on January 18. On the cusp of becoming president, Joe Biden pressed on January 18 for unity, while President Donald Trump remained secluded in the White House at the centre of a capital inundated with troops and security barriers.(Patrick Semansky / Pool via REUTERS)

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