Pippa Middleton parties in Madrid

Katy Holland

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William and Kate aren't the only ones taking a break this week. Pippa Middleton has been spotted in Madrid, Spain with a crowd of her friends, including an ex boyfriend.

In recent weeks, she has been at the centre of speculation that she was about to become engaged to her long term boyfriend Alex Loudon.

But the City trader was nowhere to be seen when 27-year-old Pippa flew to Madrid for her weekend away.

She was relaxed and happy in the company of old flame George Percy, the 26-year-old son of the Duke of Northumberland, one of Britain's richest men.

George pushed her luggage through Madrid airport and they headed for a hotel before spending the night partying with friends at Fortuna nightclub, one of the most exclusive clubs in Madrid.

The next morning, Pippa was spotted sporting dark sunglasses and a strapless sundress as she led her friends on a shopping and sightseeing trip, tourist map in hand.

After a few hours sightseeing, the group stopped at a cafe for a glass of wine. Pippa was spotted stifling a laugh as she gave her approval to photographs taken on a friend's camera.

We can't blame her for wanting to get away from it all for a few days – and a springtime city break gives her just enough opportunity to top up that famous tan.

See more Middleton holiday snaps below!



Kate Middleton: Top Holiday Destinations

Where: Mustique
When: August, 2008
The holiday: Kate and William spent a week at this upmarket Caribbean paradise haven, which enjoys year-round temperatures of 80F. The island became well known for being a popular holiday hotspot for Princess Margaret, and is also a favourite with Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and Elton John.

Kate Middleton: Top Holiday Destinations

Where: Klosters, Switzerland
When: March, 2008
The holiday: Kate and William enjoyed a family getaway when they headed to this exclusive ski resort with Wills' dad Prince Charles. The couple are both a dab-hand at working the slopes, and Kate even showed her cheeky side when she poked William with her ski pole. The royal couple also enjoyed a holiday here in March 2005.

Kate Middleton: Top Holiday Destinations

Where: St Andrews, Scotland
When: February, 2011
The holiday: OK, it was work mixed with pleasure, but Kate Middleton and Prince William returned to the university where they first met for their second royal engagement in February. Although they were officially there for work, the royal couple were also said to have enjoyed the beautiful local countryside, which prides itself in being part of the Green Tourism Scheme.

Kate Middleton: Top Holiday Destinations

Where: Lake District, England
The holiday: Kate showed off her inherent sporty side on a family holiday in the Lake District when she was just four years old. The princess-to-be can be seen getting her hands dirty as she climbed rocks with a look of pure joy on her face. Cute.

Kate Middleton: Top Holiday Destinations

Where: Johannesburg, South Africa
When: November, 2006
The holiday: Kate headed to Johannesburg to celebrate the 21st birthday of Richard Branson's son, Sam. The birthday group reportedly headed off on safari, and, unsurprisingly, travelled first class on Virgin Atlantic.

Kate Middleton: Top Holiday Destinations

Where: Ibiza
When: September 2006
The holiday: Kate showed off her amazing bikini body when the royal couple enjoyed some sun, sand and sea action in Ibiza in 2006, where they were spotted soaking up the sun on a luxury yacht.

Kate Middleton: Top Holiday Destinations

Where: Courchevel, France
When: March 2010
The holiday: Ski fanatics Kate and William enjoyed the powder at France's celebrity-favourite resort, Courchevel, in 2010. The pair, who were on holiday with friends and family, including Kate's sister Pippa, were spotted enjoying a 'loving' meal at a moutain-top restaurant.

Kate Middleton: Top Holiday Destinations

Where: Kenya, Africa
When: November 2010
The holiday: Want to know where Prince William popped the question? The couple were on a luxurious safari holiday in Kenya, where they stayed at the stunning Cheli & Peacock's Lewa Safari Camp situated in the Lewa Conservancy. The camp has 12 sumptuous tents, which cone with ensuite bathrooms, and a swimming pool overlooking the plains. Very romantic.

Kate Middleton: Top Holiday Destinations

Where: Birkhall, Scotland
When: December 2009
The holiday: Where do you go if you're dating a royal a fancy a weekend of hunting? Your father-in-law-to-be's fabulous country retreat in Scotland, of course. The royal couple spent New Year here in 2009, and regularly enjoy weekend visits to this beautiful hideaway.

Kate Middleton: Top Holiday Destinations

Where: Jordan
When: 1984
The holiday: It was a pretty long holiday... well, two and a half years to be precise! Kate's family moved to Jordan when she was two, and they lived there until she was four and a half. Kate even attended nursery in Amman. Aww.

Kate Middleton: Top Holiday Destinations

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