Bindi Irwin calls birthday and engagement & # 39; bittersweet & # 39; when she discovers the missing father Steve Irwin

Bindi Irwin has discovered that she missed her father Steve when she celebrated her 21st birthday and her engagement with the American beau Chandler Powell in her family's zoo.

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The young conservationist was greeted with flowers and cards from fans as she called on her milestone birthday with her mother Terri, brother Robert and her now fiancé in Beerwah, Queensland on Wednesday.

But despite the joyful occasion, she admitted that it was a & # 39; bittersweet & # 39; day was without her father, who died tragically almost 13 years ago.

& # 39; I really wish Dad were here to celebrate with us as a family, & # 39; said Bindi Sunshine Coast Daily.

& # 39; I think he is in some ways and his spirit lives on in everything we do, and I always feel closest to Dad here at the Australia Zoo. & # 39;

Bindi Irwin was surrounded by her fans, family and fiancee Chandler (far left) when she called her 21st birthday on Wednesday at the Australia Zoo of her family in Queensland

Bindi Irwin was surrounded by her fans, family and fiancee Chandler (far left) when she called her 21st birthday on Wednesday at the Australia Zoo of her family in Queensland

In memory! Bindi and Robert (both pictured) posed alongside a portrait of their deceased father Steve, who appeared to have been painted by a fan
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In memory! Bindi and Robert (both pictured) posed alongside a portrait of their deceased father Steve, who appeared to have been painted by a fan

In memory! Bindi and Robert (both pictured) posed alongside a portrait of their deceased father Steve, who appeared to have been painted by a fan

Happy birthday, Bindi! Wild warrior Irwin looked mature when she celebrated her 21st birthday in Australia Zoo on Wednesday with friend Chandler Powell, mother Terri and brother Robert

Happy birthday, Bindi! Wild warrior Irwin looked mature when she celebrated her 21st birthday in Australia Zoo on Wednesday with friend Chandler Powell, mother Terri and brother Robert

Happy birthday, Bindi! Wild warrior Irwin looked mature when she celebrated her 21st birthday in Australia Zoo on Wednesday with friend Chandler Powell, mother Terri and brother Robert

The former participant Dancing with the Stars, dressed in her iconic khaki-colored shirt and jeans, radiated all the love and kindness she received, including a & # 39; beautiful & # 39; painted portrait of her father of a fan.

& # 39; People have been so kind and have shared so much love and that means so much to me & # 39 ;, Bindi added.

Her mother Terri also revealed the moving gift that friend Russell Crowe gave her – a $ 25,000 Rolex watch that the Hollywood actor believed her father would have wanted her & # 39;

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Hours later, Bindi and American boyfriend Chandler Powell, 22, announced to the world that they were engaged and shared a photo of her beautiful diamond ring.

& # 39; On my birthday I said & # 39; yes & # 39; and & # 39; forever & # 39; against the love of my life, & # 39; said Bindi in a tweet.

She continued: & # 39; Chandler, I fell in love with you almost 6 years ago and since then it has been a whirlwind of adventure and real happiness. I am so looking forward to spending our eternity together as your wife.

& # 39; Here is a lifelong friendship, purpose and unconditional love. – Let's get married now! & # 39;

Her mother Terri also revealed the moving gift of her family friend Russell Crowe (pictured with Bindi in 2013) - a beautiful watch

Her mother Terri also revealed the moving gift of her family friend Russell Crowe (pictured with Bindi in 2013) - a beautiful watch

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Her mother Terri also revealed the moving gift of her family friend Russell Crowe (pictured with Bindi in 2013) – a beautiful watch

Crowe gave Bindi a $ 25,000 Rolex (photo) that the Hollywood actor believed her father wanted her & # 39;

Crowe gave Bindi a $ 25,000 Rolex (photo) that the Hollywood actor believed her father wanted her & # 39;

Crowe gave Bindi a $ 25,000 Rolex (photo) that the Hollywood actor believed her father wanted her & # 39;

Family: Bindi also hugged boyfriend Chandler, brother Robert and mother Terri

Family: Bindi also hugged boyfriend Chandler, brother Robert and mother Terri

Family: Bindi also hugged boyfriend Chandler, brother Robert and mother Terri

& # 39; I am so looking forward to spending our eternity together as your wife, & # 39; said Bindi on Instagram
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& # 39; I am so looking forward to spending our eternity together as your wife, & # 39; said Bindi on Instagram

True love: Bindi Irwin (21) and her old friend Chandler Powell (22) are officially engaged

True love: Bindi Irwin (21) and her old friend Chandler Powell (22) are officially engaged

& # 39; I am so looking forward to spending our eternity together as your wife, & # 39; said Bindi on Instagram

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In the November issue of The Australian Women & # 39; s Weekly, Bindi said she & # 39; happy & # 39; felt that she & # 39; the one & # 39; had found.

She met Chandler, a former professional wake-boarder, in 2013 while giving him a tour of the Zoo of Australia.

The Florida-born athlete now works with Bindi, her mother Terri, and her brother Robert in the zoo.

Hundreds of fans have since gone to social media to congratulate the young star and say her father would be proud of her.

& # 39; Happy 21st Bindi! Thank you for sharing the day with us. Your father would be proud to see you today, as Wes and your mother have expressed so well, & tweeted a person.

& # 39; This is beautiful. Steve is so proud, & another one said.

& # 39; Congratulations. Your father would be proud, & tweet a fan.

Bindi has revealed the moments when she misses her father the most: & # 39; On some days you feel more sadness than on others. As far as I'm concerned, those are the moments when I would like him to be here to share what we do & # 39 ;, she said. Depicted with her father as a child

Bindi has revealed the moments when she misses her father the most: & # 39; On some days you feel more sadness than on others. As far as I'm concerned, those are the moments when I would like him to be here to share what we do & # 39 ;, she said. Depicted with her father as a child

Bindi has revealed the moments when she misses her father the most: & # 39; On some days you feel more sadness than on others. As far as I'm concerned, those are the moments when I would like him to be here to share what we do & # 39 ;, she said. Depicted with her father as a child

Too soon disappeared: Crocodile Hunter Steve died tragically when his daughter Bindi Irwin was just eight years old, after a fatal sting of a stingray in 2006. Bindi is depicted with her father Steve in 2006
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Too soon disappeared: Crocodile Hunter Steve died tragically when his daughter Bindi Irwin was just eight years old, after a fatal sting of a stingray in 2006. Bindi is depicted with her father Steve in 2006

Too soon disappeared: Crocodile Hunter Steve died tragically when his daughter Bindi Irwin was just eight years old, after a fatal sting of a stingray in 2006. Bindi is depicted with her father Steve in 2006

Irwin was known for his typical Aussie accent, his iconic slogan, & # 39; Crikey! & # 39; and its lively presentation style on television

Irwin was known for his typical Aussie accent, his iconic slogan, & # 39; Crikey! & # 39; and its lively presentation style on television

In an emotional interview days before her birthday, Bindi revealed that she still has moments when she falls out about losing her father.

In an emotional interview days before her birthday, Bindi revealed that she still has moments when she falls out about losing her father.

In an emotional interview days before her birthday, Bindi revealed that she still has moments when she falls out about losing her father

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Steve Irwin, known as the & # 39; Crocodile Hunter & # 39 ;, tragically died of fatal stingray in his heart while filming footage for his daughter's show at Batt Reef in 2006. He was 44 years old.

Irwin gained international fame for his typical Aussie accent, his lively presentation style on television and his iconic slogan & # 39; Crikey! & # 39;

In an emotional interview days before her birthday, Bindi revealed that she still has moments when she falls out about losing her father.

& # 39; Some days you feel more sad than others. As far as I'm concerned, those are the moments when I would like him to be here to share what we do & # 39 ;, she told Stellar magazine.

& # 39; My brother may receive a tribute for his photography, or we may eat and laugh at the end of the day. I will think, "I wish Dad were here." But he's just not there. & # 39;

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Bindi added that she recently saw tears from her charismatic father who did what he did best.

Bindi captured the hearts of the Australian public, and around the world, after giving a heart-warming eulogy to her father at his funeral when she was only eight years old

Bindi captured the hearts of the Australian public, and around the world, after giving a heart-warming eulogy to her father at his funeral when she was only eight years old

Bindi captured the hearts of the Australian public, and around the world, after giving a heart-warming eulogy to her father at his funeral when she was only eight years old

& # 39; There are old images of Daddy with the crocodiles and, although I have seen the video maybe 50 times, I started crying that day & # 39 ;, she told the magazine.

Bindi captured the hearts of the Australian public and around the world after giving a heart-warming eulogy to her father at his funeral when she was only eight years old.

The 21-year-old has since grown up to follow in her father's footsteps and landed her own nature documentary series, Bindi the Jungle Girl, at the age of nine.

She also organized Bindi & # 39; s Bootcamp, a game show with a game theme in 2012.

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