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Fans beg Bindi Irwin not to change her iconic surname as she prepares to wed fiancé Chandler Powell

''Please don't change your last name!''

By Rebecca Sullivan
Bindi Irwin's fans have begged the newly engaged Aussie star to keep her iconic surname when she marries her fiancé Chandler Powell later this year.
The 21-year-old daughter of Steve Irwin is set to walk down the aisle in 2020, and has been keeping her fans updated as she and Chandler, along with brother Robert and mother Terri, prepare for the couple's big day.
And she's asked her 3.3 million Instagram followers for advice as she gets ready to wed her partner of eight years.
Taking to Instagram this week, Bindi shared a photo of herself, Chandler and Robert picking out wedding flowers.
"Robert and Chandler kindly helped me choose the flowers for my bridal bouquet," Bindi captioned the photo.
She added: "They've been very supportive with all things wedding planning. ❤️ If you have wedding advice, please comment below. I always love and appreciate ideas."
Bindi shared this snap of herself, brother Robert and Chandler picking out wedding flowers. Image: Instagram
Bindi's followers jumped at the chance to offer their advice, with the post attracting more than 3000 comments.
Many offered suggestions as to how Bindi could honour her late father Steve's memory on her special day.
"Honestly I'd cry if you wrapped your bridal bouquet with a khaki ribbon that had your Dad's name stitched into it. So it's like his shirt tag," one follower commented.
Another suggested: "In your flowers in the centre get your dad's favourite flower placed there or a piece of fabric from a shirt of his sewn into your wedding dress in a hidden way. It helps a lot of people feel that the missing loved one is standing with them."
A third person said: "It would be a nice touch to add a small photo of your dad or anyone else that is close to your heart on the bouquet. I have seen that done and thought about doing that at my own wedding."
Bindi and Chandler got engaged last year. Image: Instagram
But some fans were also worried that Bindi would be taking Chandler's last name, Powell, and saying goodbye to her Irwin roots.
"Please don't change your last name," one fan wrote, with the comment attracting dozens of likes.
Yet others disagreed. "Changing your name honours your husband. It doesn't dishonour your family. Either way, she is always an Irwin!" one of Bindi's followers wrote in response.
Many of her followers seemed to assume that Bindi would changing her last name, with one fan commenting: "Don't forget to change your drivers license, any debt/credit cards, voter registration bills, I forgot to do all that about a month after I got married."
Bindi is yet to officially reveal whether or not she will hold onto her surname after she is marred.
Chandler now works at Australia Zoo with his new family, The Irwins. Image: Instagram
A throwback photo of Terri and Steve Irwin with their two children, Robert (left) and Bindi (right). Image: Instagram
A young Bindi pictured with her late father Steve before his tragic death. Image: Getty
Bindi and Chandler met in 2013, when the champion wakeboarder from central Florida turned up for a tour of Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland, which was guided personally by a then-15-year-old Bindi.
The pair fell in love at first sight, and after a long-distance relationship, Chandler moved in with the Irwins at Australia Zoo.
After six years of dating, the couple became engaged last July.
WATCH BELOW: Bindi Irwin cries after dancing about Steve Irwin on Dancing With The Stars. Story continues after video.
Back in 2017, Bindi said she knew Chandler was definitely "The One", and someone she hoped to spend the rest of her life with.
"I believe there's always someone for everyone and when you find that one, as we have found each other, it's a real blessing and a privilege," Bindi told The Australian Women's Weekly at the time.
And she added that Steve would have absolutely loved her man.
"I'm lucky I have found the one, the person I want to spend all my time with ... We all think Dad would have loved Chandler," she said.

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