Bindi Irwin Shares Touching Tribute to Her Father on His National Day | 22 Words

Bindi Irwin has come a long way from the little girl that made the sweetest cameo's in dad, Steve Irwin's, documentaries in the early '00s.

Since the untimely passing of Steve aka The Crocodile Hunter, in 2006, Bindi has managed to make a name for herself in both the television and music industry, following in her late father's footsteps with her passion for wildlife.

Most importantly, Bindi, along with the rest of the Irwin clan (mom, Terri, and brother, Robert) continue to keep Steve's legacy alive through the groundbreaking work that they do at Australia Zoo, where they live and work.

She has shared a touching tribute to her late father on his National day - the anniversary of his death - so keep scrolling to learn more...

 

Bindi Irwin is best known as the animal-loving daughter of Steve Irwin.

The family owns Australia Zoo, which spans nearly 1000 acres and employs over four-hundred staff but was originally born from the tiny wildlife park that Steve's family moved to when he was just a child.

Bindi and her dad were very close.

As a little girl, she would regularly feature on his documentaries.

Sadly, Steve passed away in 2006 from a stingray attack while filming in the Great Barrier Reef.

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At just eight years old, Bindi read out a eulogy during her dad's memorial service. We can't imagine how hard that must have been.

Now, over a decade after her father's death, Bindi continues to follow in her father's footsteps, along with the rest of her family.

The Irwin family has kept Steve's legacy alive through their important work at Australia Zoo.

And as you'd expect, this is where Bindi met her now-finance, Chandler Powell.

The pair met when Powell, who's now twenty-two, was visiting the zoo while in Australia for a professional wakeboarding competition.

They've now been together for 6 years.

The childhood sweethearts are quite literally a match made in heaven. Powell exhibits the same passion for animals as the Irwin's, working with Bindi and her family at Australia Zoo in Queensland.

He regularly features on Bindi's social media.

Powell is clearly heavily involved with the family's conservation work, as Bindi has shared countless images of herself with Powell at the zoo.

And it seems like the couple have taken the next step in their relationship.

On Bindi's 21st birthday, to mark the occasion, Powell took the plunge and asked her to be his wife.

She shared various snaps of the happy occasion:

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Bindi was reportedly celebrating her birthday surrounded by friends and family when Powell popped the question.

We got a closer look at the ring in this picture...

Announcing the exciting news, Bindi wrote on her Instagram: "July 24th 2019… On my birthday I said ‘yes’ and ‘forever’ to the love of my life. Chandler, close to 6 years ago I fell in love with you and every day since has been a whirlwind of adventure and true happiness. I’m so looking forwarding to spending our forever together as your wife. Here’s to a lifetime of friendship, purpose and unconditional love. — Now let’s get married already!"

Here's what Powell wrote on his Instagram.

"She said YES! Almost 6 years ago we met at Australia Zoo. I immediately fell head over heels for her kind and thoughtful heart that radiates so much light. Proposing in her very favorite place in the zoo, surrounded by animals, seemed like the perfect way to embark on this incredible new chapter in our lives. Bee, I love you more than anything in this world and I always will. Happy Birthday," he wrote. This is honestly the sweetest thing that we've ever read.

Of course, Bindi's younger brother, Robert, was quick to offer his congratulations to the happy couple.

The fifteen-year-old gave some brotherly love to his sister, writing that the couple are "true soulmates" and have "always been so completely perfect for each other."

Obviously, it's hard to forget that Steve Irwin isn't here, in the flesh that is, to see his daughter get engaged.

But he'll definitely be there in spirit and will be so proud.

Today is Steve's National day...

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The Crocodile Hunter is honored annually on November 15th, which is the anniversary of his death.

Bindi took to social media to commemorate this special day.

"November 15. #SteveIrwinDay. Wear your khaki with us as we celebrate the world's greatest Wildlife Warrior and my superhero," she wrote in the heartfelt post.

She shared another family photo...

And it the most adorable snap of her as a baby with her mom and dad.

Robert also honored his father on Instagram...

"Today it is one of the most wonderful days of the year, it's #SteveIrwinDay. And it's great to see so many of you honoring dad's remarkable life and legacy today. He changed the world and so many lives across the globe. For my family and me, we miss him every day, but are proud to keep his mission alive and days like today are particularly special," he wrote in an emotional message.

Many others have gone on to pay tribute to the late Irwin online...

Including his wife, Terri, and Australia Zoo. Rest in Peace, Steve Irwin.