Over the weekend, Bindi Irwin lovingly and proudly paid homage to her beloved father, Steve Irwin, at a heartwarming gala dinner held in his honour.
On Saturday, May 6, the Irwin family hosted the yearly Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in Los Angeles, California. The event is a tribute to the crocodile hunter, who was known for his passion for wildlife conservation and his remarkable contributions to the field.
While the 24-year-old conservationist looked elegant as she graced the event wearing a sleek, long-sleeved black turtle neck which she paired with a dark floral skirt, it was her choice of accessories that captured everyone’s attention.
Dangling delicately from a thin gold chain around her neck, Bindi wore a necklace featuring a photo of her father set within an oval-shaped charm. The image showed Steve in his signature Australia Zoo khakis, smiling at the camera as leans on what looks to be an elephant.
Bindi proudly showcased her necklace, raising it up for photographs, allowing the world to witness the cherished image of her father.
Steve captivated audiences worldwide with his fascinating insights and larger-than-life personality. However, his untimely passing at the of 44 shook the world to its core, leaving many grieving and saddened by the loss of such an extraordinary figure.
In the years that have followed since his passing, Bindi has remained firm in her dedication to honouring her father’s memory, both in her personal and public life.
Back in 2021, Bindi admitted she and her husband, Chandler Powell, often played documentaries of Steve Irwin for Grace and that her young daughter seemed “captivated” by them.
“We have so many documentaries of Dad, and we’re always playing them for Grace,” Bindi said.
“It’s so fun to watch her study him. I didn’t realise how much dad’s passion for life and his animated facial expressions – I mean, they captivate her.”
In the past Bindi has shared heartfelt social media posts paying tribute to her late father, picked a wedding dress that mirrored her mother’s gown when her parents married, and even named her daughter in honour of Steve.
Meanwhile, younger brother Robert Irwin also works tirelessly to continue the legacy that Steve created at Australia Zoo.
During a recent interview with E! News, the environmentalist and photographer spoke about the lasting impact of his dad’s life and how it continues to influence his own journey.
As Robert shared his thoughts, it became clear that the legacy Steve left behind is not simply a memory, but a guiding force that helps shape his worldview and approach to his work.
“I think what dad really showed the world was, of course, to have that appreciation for the natural world and to treat every living being on this planet as you would wish to be treated,” Robert said.
“I think that’s something that I’ll always carry with me.”