Trump’s inauguration to become the 45th President of the United States takes place at 12pm local time in Washington, DC., which is 5pm GMT (for viewers in the UK) today, 20 January 2017.
The main ceremony will take place at the White House, with many Inaugural Balls taking place across the city of Washington DC – such as the tongue-in-cheek “deplora-ball”, a dig at Hillary Clinton’s campaign mockery of Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables”.
The official ‘swearing-in’ of Donald J Trump will take place on the steps in front of the Capitol building, livestreamed to multi-millions across the world and hundreds of thousands in attendance.
Where can I watch it?
The event will be livestreamed on multiple channels across the globe, including many media’s Facebook pages, and likely the White House Facebook page.
On TV, you can watch the inauguration live on most news channels (Sky News from 3pm GMT, CNN from 11am local time and BBC News from 4pm).
What to expect?
16-year-old Jackie Evancho will sing the National Anthem at the event (who came in 2nd in the 2010 America’s Got Talent show and has also sung for President Obama).
The Missouri State University Chorale, United States Marine Band and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will also perform.
Most previous living Presidents will also be in attendance, including the incumbent Obama, however George Bush Sr won’t due to his recent hospitalisation.
Trump will, at exactly 12pm local time, say the below ‘swearing in’ speech:
I, Donald J. Trump, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God.
Mike Pence, Trump’s controversial selection as Vice-President, will take a somewhat similar oath shortly before him, confirming his support of the future POTUS.
After these, Trump will deliver his inaugural address to the world which will go down in history as a defining moment in American political democracy. This should last around 20 minutes long – the same length as Obama’s speech.
Who exactly will be there?
Of course, Donald J Trump and his family will be the forefigures of the event. Alongside him, Mike Pence and his family.
Past Presidents of the United States George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter will also appear, alongside their wives; former First Ladies Laura Bush, Rosalynn Carter and of course, political rival to Trump, Hillary Clinton.
It will be the first time Clinton and Trump stand face-to-face since her humiliating defeat in the November 8 elections two months ago.
UK political controversialist Nigel Farage will also be in attendance, as well as key Brietbart journalists and contributors to the new ‘anti-establishment’ website, “Westmonster”.
Kanye West, however, was not invited – a seeming blow to their “good friendship” that was shown last month.
Why the 2 month gap from Trump’s November Election?
The two month gap was introduced in the 20th Amendment, a ratification of the previous 4-month model, to allow the incumbent President time to tie up loose ends and implement final policies, whilst also allowing the President-Elect time to select a cabinet and work on policies.