Publishedduration23 minutes agoSharenocloseShare pagelinkCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightAFPimage captionJoe Biden and his wife Jill attended a church service ahead of the inauguration

Joe Biden is preparing to be sworn in as the 46th US president, ending one of the most dramatic political transitions in American history.

He is due to take the oath of office at about 12:00 local time (17:00 GMT).

Outgoing President Donald Trump, who has not formally conceded to Mr Biden, is snubbing the ceremony.

The new president has announced a raft of executive orders aimed at dealing with the coronavirus crisis and reversing Mr Trump's key policies.

Mr Trump left the White House for the last time as president shortly after 08:00 (13:00 GMT). He boarded a helicopter, flew to the nearby Andrews base, and is now flying to Florida.

He is the first president not to attend his successor's inauguration since 1869.