In Pictures: Preparations under way for the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed to Washington for extra security and to help lock down the nation's capital.

Preparations are made prior to a dress rehearsal ahead of the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies on the West Front of the US Capitol, in Washington, on Jan 18, 2021.
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A Capitol Police officer stands guard during a dress rehearsal ahead of the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies on the West Front of the US Capitol, in Washington, on Jan 18, 2021. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
Stand-ins for US President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill reviewing the troops on the East Front of the US Capitol during a dress rehearsal for 59th Presidential Inauguration, in Washington, on Jan 18, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS
A man stands in for President-elect Joe Biden during an inauguration rehearsal outside the US Capitol, in Washington, on Jan 18, 2021. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Workers installing a presidential inauguration sign on a reviewing stand near the White House at Lafayette Park, in Washington, on Jan 18, 2021. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
The US Army Band performs during a dress rehearsal ahead of the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies on the West Front of the US Capitol, in Washington, on Jan 18, 2021.

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Chairs are placed to allow for social distancing during a dress rehearsal ahead of the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies on the West Front of the US Capitol, in Washington, on Jan 18, 2021. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
Workers install US flags for display at the National Mall, to represent the people who are unable to travel to Washington for the inauguration, near the Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, in Washington, on Jan 18, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS
Troops in period costumes from the 1700s march on the East Front of the Capitol during an inauguration rehearsal outside the US Capitol, in Washington, on Jan 18, 2021. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Members of the National Guard stand behind a fence on the East Front of the US Capitol, in Washington, on Jan 18, 2021. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Pennsylvania Avenue with the Capitol in the background is seen amid heavy security in the early hours of Jan 18, 2021, ahead of Joe Biden's swearing-in inauguration ceremony as the 46th US president in Washington, on Jan 20. PHOTO: AFP
Members of the US National Guard leave the US Capitol to take positions outside after an "external security threat" 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, in Washington, on Jan 18, 2021. PHOTO: AFP
National Guard troops receive guns and ammunition outside the US Capitol building as supporters of President Donald Trump are expected to protest against the election of President-elect Joe Biden, in Washington, on Jan 17, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS
Members of the National Guard wait in line for coffee while on a break in Washington, Jan 18, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris mugs at a store ahead of the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies in Washington, on Jan 18, 2021. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

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