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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Reuters

Washington- On Friday, January 20 at noon local time (5pm GMT) Donald Trump will pledge to meet the high demands of the presidential office.

The main ceremony is held at the White House, followed by a number of Inaugural Balls across the city of Washington DC.

The official swearing-in ceremony occurs on the steps in front of the Capitol.

Donald Trump will be sworn in as president Friday using two Bibles – his own and the Bible that Abraham Lincoln used at his first inauguration.

The oath of office will be administered by Chief Justice John Roberts and U.S. Supreme Court.

The incoming president will place his left hand on the bible and, with his right hand raised, repeat the following, led by the chief justice:

“I 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.”

In the eve of the inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump and vice-president elect Mike Pence will lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery on January 19.

This will be followed by a “Make America Great Again!” welcome concert at the Lincoln Memorial.

After the swearing in, Trump will give a speech that will, as all inaugural addresses are, be recorded in the pages of history.

The inauguration ceremony will be attended by four former U.S. Presidents, most prominently U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton, former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush in addition to former President Jimmy Carter whereas George H.W. Bush won’t be able to attend due to his health condition.