THE Met Office has scaled back its weather forecast output as a mark of respect following the Queen's death.

The monarch's 70-year reign ended on Thursday after she passed away peacefully at the Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire.

Business has been suspended at the Scottish Parliament and Westminster and the Queen's body is to be moved from Balmoral to Edinburgh on Sunday. It will initially go to Holyroodhouse before being moved to St Giles' Cathedral where it will lie in state for 24 hours. 

The Met Office has now announced on social media it will only be posting daily forecasts and warnings during national mourning as opposed to engaging in more regular coverage of the elements as the UK pays its respects to Queen Elizabeth.

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On Twitter, the weather service said: "We are saddened by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

"Our thoughts are with her family and all those affected by this news.

"As a mark of respect during this time of national mourning, we will only be posting daily forecasts and warnings."

The logo on its Twitter account has been blackened, as have many others including the UK Government and the Scottish Parliament.

People have been leaving flowers outside Balmoral this morning as well as outside Buckingham Palace, other royal residences, and churches across the UK.

At around 6pm, King Charles III is expected to give a recorded televised address, but the proclamation declaring him to be King will not be made until tomorrow.