Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States during a historic transfer of power that encapsulates American democracy even in politically divisive times.

Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts administered the Oath to President elect Donald Trump.

Most of the living former U.S. Presidents participated in the inauguration ceremony.

The U.S military band also performed on the occasion of the inauguration ceremony.

Earlier Trump and his family attended a private worship service at St. John’s Church known as the Church of Presidents.

The Obamas greeted Trump and soon-to-be first lady Melania Trump at the north portico of the white house before hosting them for tea.

Obama left the white house for the final time as President, riding alongside Trump to Capitol Hill.

In the morning, Obama wrote a letter to Trump and left it on the resolute desk in the oval office, as outgoing Presidents typically do for their successors.

As Obama left the oval office for the final time he was asked if he had any words for the American people.

Obama said “thank you”.