See Photo of Bill Clinton Comforting Hillary at Inauguration

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Former US President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton bow their heads in prayer during the Inaugural Luncheon in Statuary Hall in the US Capitol following Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017. (Getty)

A photo has emerged showing former President Bill Clinton tenderly comforting his wife with a hand to her back at the Inauguration festivities for President Donald Trump.

Photographs of affection between Bill and Hillary Clinton – whose marriage has been under intense scrutiny for decades – are relatively rare. However, the camera caught the moment of affection at a luncheon following the oath of office that made Trump the 45th president of the United States.

There were other instances of affection between the former president and former First Lady at the Inauguration too. Hillary and Bill Clinton have been married for 41 years; their wedding anniversary was in October.

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U.S. Vice President-elect Mike Pence greets former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (L) and former President Bill Clinton on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Although Clinton handled herself with the utmost of decorum at the Inauguration, it couldn’t have been an easy day for her or her husband, considering the bitter nature of the campaign, the claims of Russian interference in it, and the fact that Hillary won the popular vote by millions of votes.

The Clintons also held hands during the Inauguration.

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The Clintons at the Inauguration. (Getty)

Hillary wore a white pantsuit to the Inauguration, which is the color of the suffragist movement. According to, “Founded in 1903 by Emmeline Pankhurst, the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) was an early, often militant suffragist group. In 1908, the honorary treasurer of WSPU, Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, chose three colors to unify participants during a demonstration in London’s Hyde Park: white for purity, purple for dignity and green for hope.”

She received more popular votes than any candidate in U.S. history other than Barack Obama, although many of those votes came from a single state, California. The final, certified popular vote totals are now in, and they show that Hillary Clinton earned a historic number of popular votes. Specifically, Clinton led Republican and victor Donald Trump by 2.1% or almost 2.9 million votes.

See more photos of Hillary Clinton at the Inauguration here: