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PIC: Pippa Middleton Goes Boating With Ex-Beau in Madrid

USMagazine, Monday, May 16, 2011, 6:00am (PDT)

Row, row, row your boat!

With royal sister Duchess Kate away in the Seychelles, Pippa Middleton made her own post-wedding getaway over the weekend. The buzzed-about maid of honor, 27, traveled with a gang of pals to Madrid, Spain.

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Among her entourage: George Percy, her ex-boyfriend, who was photographed rowing a boat as Pippa and another female passenger basked in the sun in the Spanish city's Retiro Park on Sunday.

Percy, 26, is the son of the Duke of Northumberland, one of the richest men in Britain. The Daily Mail reports that he and Middleton dated back at Edinburgh University and have kept up a friendship for nearly a decade.

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Earlier during the Madrid sojourn, Pippa and her pals were spotted partying at hotspot Fortuna nightclub, sightseeing and sipping wine at a cafe.

Middleton's latest beau of one year, Alex Loudon, reportedly stayed behind in London. Like most of Middleton's men, Loudon, 30, also has a posh pedigree: The son of a retired financier attended the prestigious schools Eton and the London Business School and has family ties to both an earl and the Dutch monarchy.

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"She's lovely, but she knows that by aligning herself with certain people, she will get to the next tier," a confidante tells Us Weekly of Middleton.

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