Steve Irwin’s daughter Bindi’s ‘tearful’ tribute to dad on her wedding as she shares first pic from big day – The Sun

STEVE Irwin's daughter, Bindi, who married Chandler Powell before Australia went into coronavirus lockdown, shared a touching tribute to her dad. 

Sharing the first picture from her wedding day, the 21-year-old TV star revealed she and her new husband lit a candle for the Crocodile Hunter.

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The photo of the couple becoming husband and wife was accompanied by a caption which read: "We’ve planned this beautiful day for nearly a year and had to change everything, as we didn’t have guests at our wedding. This was a very difficult decision but important to keep everyone safe.

"Today we celebrated life and revelled in every beautiful moment we shared together in our Australia Zoo gardens. Mum helped me get ready, Robert walked me down the aisle, Chandler became my husband and together we lit a candle in Dad’s memory."

The 21-year-old went on to express how important social distancing is and told her followers to stay safe during this "profound time in history."

She was seen wearing a long, white wedding dress being shielded by enormous white umbrellas in the gardens of Australia Zoo in Queensland on March 25. 

The ceremony came hours before tough new rules were set to come into force to fight the Covid-19 outbreak in Australia.

The lockdown only allows five people to attend weddings in Australia and public spaces will shut. 

The new rules, which came into effect at midnight on Wednesday, come after the country recorded 427 new cases in 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 2,136, with eight deaths.

Bindi and Chandler had been planning their special day since her birthday last July, when he got down on one knee and proposed with a diamond ring.

It's believed her brother Robert Irwin escorted her down the aisle in the place of her beloved dad.

I said 'yes' and 'forever' to the love of my life, Chandler

Steve died in September 2006 when he was pierced through the heart by a stingray barb.

Announcing her engagement, Bindi wrote on Instagram: “On my birthday I said 'yes' and 'forever' to the love of my life, Chandler.

"Close to six years ago I fell in love with you and every day since has been a whirlwind of adventure and true happiness."

Speaking to the Sunshine Coast Daily in an interview since she announced the engagement, Bindi said: “I do really wish that dad was here to be able to celebrate with us as a family.

“I think in some ways he is and his spirit lives on in everything that we do, and I always feel closest to dad here at Australia Zoo.”


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!

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Bindi was eight years old when her father was killed by a stingray in September 2006 at the age of just 44.

Steve died whilst filming an underwater documentary film Ocean's Deadliest.

Bindi has continued to work at the zoo founded by her late dad and mum Terri Irwin in 1970, and posts regular pictures of animals at the zoo in Queensland, Australia.

Her brother Robert is a television personality and photographer, while alongside conservation work Bindi has also worked as an actor, television personality, singer and dancer.

Bindi, pictured with Steve and her mum Terri back in 2002

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