No one has felt the loss of beloved television host and animal rights activist Steve Irwin quite like his family, including children Bindi and Bob. Irwin was killed after he was attacked by a stingray almost 13 years ago while working on a film. Bindi, the eldest child of Steve and wife Terri, recently celebrated two major milestones in her life and wrote an open letter to her dad to share them with him.
Bindi Irwin has followed in her father's footsteps, dedicating her life to animal conservation and working at the Australia Zoo that her father helped to build. Recently the conservationist and wildlife warrior celebrated her twenty-first birthday by getting engaged to longtime love Chandler Powell, an occasion that her 15-year-old brother Bob was on hand to photograph. Bob was only two years old when his father passed away, and Bindi recently wrote a note to her father to let him know just how proud he would be of the man his son is growing into.
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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!
"Dad, You would be so incredibly proud of Robert. He has been such an amazing support during this beautiful new life chapter," she wrote of her brother, before adding that he will be assuming a very important role in her wedding. "I know you’d be beaming with pride when the time comes that he walks me down the aisle. I wish you could be here for these moments, but I know that your spirit lives on in us."
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Dad, You would be so incredibly proud of Robert. He has been such an amazing support during this beautiful new life chapter. I know you’d be beaming with pride when the time comes that he walks me down the aisle. I wish you could be here for these moments, but I know that your spirit lives on in us ❤️
This isn't the first time that Bindi has opened up about how proud her father would be of her brother. In a recent interview with Stellar Magazine, Bindi spoke about how she wishes her father was still alive just to be there for the small moments the family experiences together. "Some days you feel the grief more than others," the activist explained. "What gets to me are those moments when I’d love him to be here to share what we’re doing. It could be when my brother is receiving an accolade for his photography, or it might be at the end of the day when we’re having dinner and laughing. I’ll think: ‘I wish Dad was here for this.’ But he’s just not there."
The animal conservationist spoke to Entertainment Tonight after her engagement and said that she was thrilled her brother would be there to walk her down the aisle and that she knows it's not only what she wants, but what her father would want.
"I think that for me, it'll be really important that Robert walks me down the aisle," Bindi shared. "That's something that I really want to do. I'm always so grateful that Robert is there, and he has been such a big part of my life and he's always stepped up and been the one to give me a hug when I need it and encourage me forward in life," Bindi said. "So he will definitely be the one to walk me down the aisle when the time comes, and I think that will make it really special. And I think that's what dad would have wanted as well," she added.
Bindi also shared that instead of the traditional father/daughter dance, she will honor her mother, Terri, at her wedding. "I think, if I was going to do a dance, it would be with my mom. My mom and I are so close. She's my pillar of strength in life and I love her beyond description," Bindi shared. "So I think, when the time comes, Robert will walk me down the aisle, [Chandler and I] will have our wonderful moment and I'll have my dance with mom. I think that would be wonderful."