Pippa joined by Percy on Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's romantic ski reunion, fuelling rumours Kate's sister and former flame are more than close friendsPippa and George Percy dated at Edinburgh University and have been friends for a decadePair joined Will and Kate at exclusive French resortHoliday on the slopes comes a month after Pippa completed tough cross country event
10:26 GMT, 9 April 2012
She had taken to the snowy hills of Western Sweden just last month for a physically demanding charity cross country ski event.
But Pippa Middleton did not need a second invitation to get back on the slopes when she joined her family in more relaxing circumstances on holiday.
While the 56-mile cross-country challenge she completed a month ago is said to be among the toughest in the world, her skiing efforts in the French resort of Meribel were much more sedate during the Middleton family break.
Pippa and George Percy race down the slopes together outside the villa on the Middleton family skiing trip
Back together Pippa can't hide her delight as she skis close behind her former beau George Percy
Pippa chose white sunglasses and kept safe with a black ski helmet as she raced down the runs
The sister of the Duchess of Cambridge
joined Kate and Prince William, as well as her parents, brother James,
and close friend George Percy in the Trois Vallees.
The appearance on the break of Earl
Percy, heir to the 300million fortune of his father, the Duke of
Northumberland, is likely to fuel rumours that the former couple could
be getting back together.
The Middletons would have had plenty to catch up on during their Easter break at the exclusive French resort.
The Duchess, herself an accomplished
skiier, will have been keen to fill in her husband on the success of her
recent solo engagements.
Upward climb: William and Kate make their way up the slopes with brother James on their holiday
Cool and casual: Pippa looks at ease on the French slopes in white trousers and a blue fleece
Prince William was reunited with his wife after completing his RAF tour in the Falkland Islands.
Pippa, meanwhile, look happy to simply
have a more leisurely skiing session following her grueling exploits
in Scandinavia last month.
When she was quizzed over her efforts, Pippa, 28, told the reporter in Sweden she found the race 'tiring'.
Ms Middleton, who engaged in a series
of last-minute training sessions to brush up on her technique said she
simply prepared 'over a couple of weekends'.
She also refused to rate herself out of 10, saying she was an 'average' skier.
The arduous training more than paid
off in the end, as Pippa managed to secure an impressive 412th place out
of 15,800 racers when the race went ahead on the weekend.
She crossed the finish line of the
Vasaloppet Cross Country Ski Race after seven hours, 13 minutes and 36
seconds – described by veterans as a ‘very impressive’ time.
Quality time: Pippa and George Percy gather up their skies in the sunshine during a session on the slopes
The upmarket French resort of Meribel in the Trois Vallees was filled with skiers when the Middletons visited
Raring to go: Pippa Middleton arrives at the start of the Vasaloppet Cross Country Ski Race in Salen to raise money for charity last month