11/04/2015 11:24 EST

Justin Trudeau's Swearing-In Ceremony Marks Historic First At Rideau Hall

For the first time, the public gathered on the grounds of the governor general's residence to mark the historic day.

For the first time in country’s history, Rideau Hall extended an invitation to the public to witness Canada’s official change in government.

Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau stepped off a bus at Rideau Hall and walked up to the federal heritage building, followed closely by his new cabinet ministers on Wednesday for their swearing-in ceremony.

Some arrived 3.5 hours before the ceremony to snag the perfect location.

The crowd quickly grew...

And grew...

And grew...

Quite the crowd at #rideauhall for today's swearing in. (@giacomopanico) #Ottawa #trudeau #PM23

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Teachers brought their students to Rideau Hall for the occasion.

... while people continued to line up outside Rideau Hall.

Lineups to view the swearing in ceremony of our new PM #gg #justintrudeau #cdnpoli

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Their patience paid off.

#trudeau #liberal inauguration in #ottawa

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Wrapping an important day in Canadian history for young and old.

There you have it folks. The 23rd Prime Minister of Canada #pm23 #cdnpoli

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