Could Robert Irwin propose to partner Rorie soon?

'Things are very serious.'
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There’s no denying it – Robert Irwin is one smitten Wildlife Warrior!

Last week, the 19-year-old attended the annual Steve Irwin Gala with his girlfriend Rorie Buckey, and love was definitely in the Brisbane air.

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Ditching the khaki – bar his bow tie! – Robert looked very dapper in a black tuxedo, while Rorie stunned in a white floor-length gown.

“I’m so proud of you,” Rorie, also 19, gushed on Instagram as she posted a series of photos from the evening on social media.

She and Robert wrapped their arms around each other while posing on a balcony.

Robert’s older sister Bindi commented on the photos, “Rorie! You are stunning. So beautiful inside and out. It was wonderful to celebrate such a special night together.”

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In a sign of how serious they are, Robert would prefer to call Rorie his “partner” instead of girlfriend. (Credit: Instagram)

A few days after the Steve Irwin Gala, Robert gave an in-depth interview where he cemented his feelings for Rorie.

“Whether it’s photography, travel, wildlife conservation or work at the zoo, everything’s better with Rorie,” Robert told The Courier Mail. “Life is great.”

His words echoed a similar statement Rorie made as the pair attended the recent Earthshot Prize Awards in Singapore.

Sharing a selfie as they got ready for the event, Rorie said of Robert: “I love doing life with you.”

Could Robert follow in his parents footsteps and get married? (Credit: Instagram)

Sources reckon that Robert has well and truly found The One in Rorie, and wouldn’t be surprised if they announced they were engaged in the coming weeks.

“Things are very serious between them,” confirms an insider.

It’s now been one year since New Idea exclusively broke the news that Robert and Rorie were dating. Our photographers spotted them picking up burgers and fries from a Grill’d restaurant, before heading to a local beach to eat and watch the sunset.

We were also the first to reveal that Rorie is the niece of late actor, Heath Ledger.

Rorie has been accepted by the Irwin family, getting invited to family events. (Credit: Getty)

In the 12 months since then, Robert and Rorie have squeezed in plenty of unforgettable adventures. In between her university studies in Perth, Rorie spends a lot of time with Robert at his family’s beloved Australia Zoo, where she helps with his conservation work.

She’s also joined Robert on crocodile research trips and they’ve enjoyed getaways to New York City and Tasmania together.

The young couple have had a taste of the fun showbiz life too, making their red carpet debut at the glitzy Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One premiere in Sydney in July.

“Robert’s the traditional type, and he’s been very open with [his mum] Terri and Bindi about his feelings for Rorie,” adds the source.

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