Bindi Irwin married in secret wedding ahead of coronavirus lockdown

Steve Irwin 's daughter Bindi and partner Chandler Powell have reportedly secretly tied the knot just hours before the strict coronavirus rules come into effect in Australia.

The surprise nuptials come after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that weddings would be restricted to no more than five guests apart of a list of social restrictions put in place to slow the spread of killer bug Covid-19, otherwise known as coronavirus.

TV star Bindi, 21, was spotted wearing a long, white wedding dress, while being covered by a sea of white umbrellas as she and Chandler stood at the end of the aisle.

Chandler popped the question to Bindi at her favourite place, Australia Zoo, last year on her 21st birthday with a diamond ring.

It has been reported that her brother Robert Irwin walked Bindi down the aisle in place of her beloved father Steve, who passed away in September 2006 when he was pierced through the heart by a stingray.

The pair reportedly got married at Australia Zoo in Queensland, which Steve and wife Terri Raines made famous through their popular TV show, The Crocodile Hunter.

Pictures from the zoo show a make-shift aisle with a wooden floor and an archway covered in white fabric, which could possibly where the couple say their wedding vows.

It's thought Bindi and Chandler may have brought forward their nuptials in order to beat the strict rules around social interaction that are coming into force on Wednesday at midnight local time.

Under the spread reduction rules, weddings will be restricted to just five people: the two getting married, their celebrant and two witnesses.

The couple are yet to confirm they have tied the knot, although Bindi did share a throwback of herself with dad Steve on Tuesday.

Bindi captioned the adorable snap: "Thank you for being my guiding light. You're always with me."

She and Chandler have been excitedly documenting their wedding plans with their followers ever since revealing they were engaged last summer.

"She said YES! Almost 6 years ago we met at Australia Zoo," Chandler wrote on Instagram at the time.

"Proposing in her very favourite 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."

"On my birthday I said 'yes' and 'forever' to the love of my life," she replied on her own account.

"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 forward 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."

Bindi and Chandler, a professional wakeboarder from the US, met in 2013 when she gave the American and his family a tour of Australia Zoo.

Chandler now works alongside the Irwins at Australia Zoo.

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