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A look back at Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell’s six-year romance as they announce their engagement

They thrilled fans when they announced their engagement on her 21st birthday on Wednesday. 

And after six years together, it seems that Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell, 22, have truly had a fairy tale romance. 

From first meeting at Australia Zoo back in 2013, to writing love letters to each other while going long distance, to the proposal, Daily Mail Australia takes a look back at their romance.

From first meeting at Australia Zoo as teenagers and writing love letters to getting engaged: A look back at Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell's six-year fairy tale romance

From first meeting at Australia Zoo as teenagers and writing love letters to getting engaged: A look back at Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell’s six-year fairy tale romance

The young couple and ‘soulmates’ first met at Australia Zoo back in November 2013, when Chandler – a professional wakeboarder – got a tour from Bindi. 

Bindi first shared a snap of herself with Chandler to Instagram at the time, gushing over him and calling him ‘legendary.’

‘Legendary wakeboarder Chandler Powell and his beautiful family came into Australia Zoo yesterday. Wonderful Wildlife Warriors!’ Bindi wrote. 

Where it all started: The young couple and 'soulmates' first met at Australia Zoo back in November 2013 (pictured), when Chandler - a professional wakeboarder - got a tour from Bindi

Where it all started: The young couple and ‘soulmates’ first met at Australia Zoo back in November 2013 (pictured), when Chandler – a professional wakeboarder – got a tour from Bindi

In the snap, the pair both look young and bright-eyed, with Chandler giving a thumbs-up as he beams. 

Bindi previously told ET that despite the pair having a spark, she didn’t hear from Chandler for a while, as he sweetly asked her mother Terri Irwin if he could keep in contact with Bindi. 

‘He sent a letter asking my mom if he could stay in contact with me,’ Bindi said. 

How sweet: Bindi previously told ET that despite the pair having a spark, she didn't hear from Chandler for a while, as he sweetly asked her mother Terri Irwin (R) if he could keep in contact with Bindi

How sweet: Bindi previously told ET that despite the pair having a spark, she didn’t hear from Chandler for a while, as he sweetly asked her mother Terri Irwin (R) if he could keep in contact with Bindi

Going the distance: For years, the pair enjoyed a long distance romance, with Bindi telling ET in 2015 that she loves letters as she's an 'old fashion' person

Going the distance: For years, the pair enjoyed a long distance romance, with Bindi telling ET in 2015 that she loves letters as she’s an ‘old fashion’ person

It's a family affair! The Florida-born athlete now works alongside Bindi, her mother Terri, and her brother Robert at the zoo

It’s a family affair! The Florida-born athlete now works alongside Bindi, her mother Terri, and her brother Robert at the zoo

The daughter of late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin added: ‘And then mom gave the letter to me and said, “Is this person real?”  

In July 2015 meanwhile, Bindi announced on Instagram that Chandler had become a Wildlife Warrior. 

BINDI AND CHANDLER: A TIMELINE

NOVEMBER 2013: The young couple and ‘soulmates’ first met at Australia Zoo back in November 2013, when Chandler – a professional wakeboarder – got a tour from Bindi. Chandler soon asks Terri Irwin if he can keep in contact with Bindi 

 JULY 2015: Bindi announced on Instagram that Chandler had become a Wildlife Warrior as the pair try a long distance romance

 LATE 2018: Chandler moves to Queensland, Australia, to be with Bindi

NOVEMBER 2018: Bindi said she felt ‘lucky’ to have found ‘the one’

DECEMBER 2018: In December, the pair dismissed engagement talk, saying they were in no rush to marry

July 24, 2019: The pair announced their engagement, with Bindi sharing sweet snaps of the pair and showing off her stunning engagement ring   

For years, the pair enjoyed a long distance romance, with Bindi telling ET in 2015 that she loves letters as she’s an ‘old fashion’ person.

Chandler then reportedly moved to live with Bindi in Queensland last year.

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

In last November’s issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly, Bindi said she felt ‘lucky’ to have found ‘the one.’ 

For months, the pair were the subject of engagement rumours, with fans often commenting online how Chandler should propose to Bindi.

In December, the pair dismissed engagement talk, saying they were in no rush to marry.

Appearing on the cover of PEOPLE at the time, Bindi said: ‘For us at the moment, I think it’s just been about enjoying life.’ 

Chandler added: ‘It’s really great just to slow down and enjoy the ride.’

The pair thrilled fans on Wednesday when they announced their engagement. 

‘On my birthday I said “yes” and “forever” to the love of my life,’ Bindi wrote on Instagram, sharing shots of herself with her engagement ring.

'It's just been about enjoying life': In December, the pair dismissed engagement talk despite being the subject of rumours for months

‘It’s just been about enjoying life’: In December, the pair dismissed engagement talk despite being the subject of rumours for months

Finally! The pair thrilled fans on Wednesday when they announced their engagement

Finally! The pair thrilled fans on Wednesday when they announced their engagement

She added: ‘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. 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!’

Chandler meanwhile added: ‘She said YES.’

‘Almost six 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.’  

Her happy ever after: 'On my birthday I said "yes" and "forever" to the love of my life,' Bindi wrote on Instagram, sharing shots of herself with her engagement ring

Her happy ever after: ‘On my birthday I said “yes” and “forever” to the love of my life,’ Bindi wrote on Instagram, sharing shots of herself with her engagement ring

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