Francesca Cumani, the face of ITV horseracing, has modelled exquisite headwear from the Royal Ascot Millinery Collective in an exclusive photoshoot with HELLO!. While many may think she has a working wardrobe brimming with flamboyant hats, that's not the case, she tells HELLO!. "I don't get to wear extravagant hats when I'm presenting – they could scare the horses and there's always the danger they might take a nibble out of them," she tells HELLO!. The TV presenter, who is mum to three-year-old Harry, is looking forward to bringing us all the action from Royal Ascot, a highlight of the summer horseracing season and a favourite with the Queen.
Francesca Cumani will still be enjoying horseracing when she is 93 - just like the Queen
"Watching Her Majesty arrive in the gleaming carriages is such a spectacle and it makes me proud to be British. You can just see the glee and excitement on her face, especially when she has a winner," says Francesca. She doesn't hesitate to reply when asked if her own equestrian passion will last until the grand age of 93: "Absolutely. Once you've got the bug, it doesn’t really go away. Although I probably won’t be arriving at Ascot in a carriage." While her career is thriving, Francesca's personal life is on winning form, too. "I have a boyfriend," she smiles, though she keeps the details to herself.
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