Sequins and security: Donald Trump inauguration balls in pictures

US President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump dance at the Armed Services ball at the National Building museum.
US President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump dance at the Armed Services ball at the National Building museum. PHOTO: AFP

Mr Donald Trump, newly sworn in as the United States' 45th President, celebrated at three official balls held after the inauguration.

Two, the Liberty and Freedom balls, took place at the Washington Convention Center. A third, the Salute To Our Armed Services Ball, was at the National Building Museum.

The first two were attended by supporters who donated to the inauguration, and were also open to the public, who could purchase tickets for US$50 (S$71.29). The third was attended by members of the military and veterans.

Despite reports that A-list performers were hard to come by for the events, they were glitzy affairs - with very heavy security.


Mr Trump and wife Melania danced to Frank Sinatra's My Way in their debut as first couple at the Liberty Ball. PHOTO: AFP


“Well, we did it,” Trump told the revelers. “We won. And today, we had a great day.” Melania wears an off-shoulder ivory gown, reportedly by designer Herve Pierre, accented with a thin red ribbon and a full-length frill. PHOTO: AFP


Elated guests and supporters watch and take photos as Mr Trump speaks. PHOTO: REUTERS


After their first dance, the First Couple were joined by their older children, including Ivanka Trump (second from right) and husband
Jared Kushner (right). PHOTO: REUTERS


Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen join Mr and Mrs Trump at the Inauguration Freedom Ball. PHOTO: REUTERS


Ivanka Trump blows a kiss as she departs with her husband Jared Kushner from the Inauguration Freedom Ball. She is wearing a champagne-colored fairy princess gown covered in sparkles by Carolina Herrera. PHOTO: REUTERS


Counsellor to the President Kellyanne Conway at one of the balls with her daughter Claudia. PHOTO: TWITTER/KELLYANNE CONWAY


Guests, many in high heels, have to walk several blocks through a labyrinth of security fences, road barriers and a human wall of police officers dressed in riot gear. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG


A trio bound for an inaugural ball asks a police officer how to access the venue while protesters against Mr Trump attempt to disrupt the event. PHOTO: REUTERS


Members of the Radio City Rockettes performed twice although members had protested earlier at being booked for the inauguration. PHOTO: AFP


They were all smiles and as precise as ever. PHOTO: EPA


Other acts include Pelican212 (above), The Piano Guys and singer Sam Moore. PHOTO: AFP


The Piano Guys  performing at the Freedom Inaugural Ball. PHOTO: AFP


Sam Moore sings Soul Man at the Liberty Inaugural Ball. PHOTO: REUTERS