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An inauguration is a ceremony of formal investiture whereby an individual assumes an office or position of authority. The term is usually used in reference to a politician's assumption of the duties of head of state or head of government (e.g. "the President's inauguration").
State & religious leaders who are inaugurated
- King of Spain
- Popes John Paul I & John Paul II (see note below)
- President of France
- President of Ireland - 11 November, unless term of precedessor shortened by death, resignation or removal from office.
- President of the United States - 20th January after their election
- Queen of the Netherlands
It remains unclear whether the decision of Popes John Paul I and John Paul II to opt for the simplified Papal Installation as a form of inauguration rather than a traditional Papal Coronation has set a precedent to be followed, or whether the successor to Pope John Paul II will return to the traditional coronation favoured by past popes for over one millennium.
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