canada africa partner reservation Larry Birkhead and daughter Dannielynn pose for a selfie during the flight home from the Kentucky Derby

Larry Birkhead and daughter Dannielynn pose for a selfie during the flight home from the Kentucky Derby

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Dannielynn Birkhead and her father Larry Birkhead head home after their annual pilgrimage to the 2024 Kentucky Derby.

Dannielynn, the 17-year-old daughter of late star Anna Nicole Smith, and her photographer father, announced they had completed their trip to the iconic horse race this year in a post to their joint Instagram account on Sunday, May 5.

In the post, the couple shared a selfie taken from their plane seats and a photo of a sweet note written to the duo after there was some turbulence on their flight.

“On my way back home from a great @kentuckyderby weekend. Since I’m afraid of flying, I got a note for being a good boy. Thanks Kirsten @delta,” Larry joked in the caption, tagging the post with ” 😂 #flydelta .”

The Birkheads document their adventures at the Kentucky Derby every year on their Instagram account. Over the weekend, they posted photos of their traditional Derby attire and their Barnstable Brown Gala outfits and even showed off the teen’s last-minute haircut.

In an Instagram post shared on May 4, Larry, 50, revealed their fashion choices for the official Kentucky Derby race day.

“Heading to @kentuckyderby with Dannielynn after a great night at the Barnstable-Brown Gala and some quick morning haircuts,” he began the caption, highlighting his daughter’s shorter haircut.

“Dannielynn’s dress was inspired by her favorite character Hino Eiji, Kamen Rider OOO TaJaDor combo – she made me write that 😆 – because that character had the same shoulders as the design of the dress she found! 🤷‍♂️,” he continued .

For the event, Dannielynn wore a bright red dress which she paired with a floral hat, while her father wore a gray suit accessorized with a colorful tie and handkerchief.

“Hey, whatever works, just trying to spend some quality time as this tradition-filled weekend comes to an end,” the proud dad concluded the caption.

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The night before, the couple made a stylish appearance at the Barnstable Brown Gala.

“Heading to Barnstable-Brown Gala to kick off the @kentuckyderby weekend,” Larry captioned an Instagram carousel.

In the first image, the two sat next to each other and shared a chair while smiling at the camera. Larry wore a gray suit with a black tie, and Dannielynn wore a high-fashion all-black look – previously owned by Janet Jackson.

“Dannielynn wearing her second @janetjackson outfit at the party I got from Janet’s @juliens_auctions charity auction,” Larry wrote in the caption. “Looking forward to a fun Derby weekend with the newly graduated high school student!”

Larry Birkhead and Dannielynn Birkhead at the 2024 Barnstable Brown Gala.

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According to Julien, the garment is a “black Gianfranco Ferre dress, which is knee-length at the front and reaches the floor at the back, and has zippers all around.”

Although both Dannielynn and Larry lead relatively private lives, the father-daughter duo share some of their sweet moments and travel adventures online — including everywhere from Dollywood to Hawaii.

On Dannielynn’s 17th birthday in September 2023, Birkhead paid tribute to his daughter in a heartfelt Instagram post.

“Happy 17th birthday Dannielynn! I am so proud of you in every way. I wish you the best day ever!” he started the post.

“You’re funny, crazy smart, beautiful and just about everything I could ever imagine. Your mom would be so proud of you, I’m sure,” he continued, referring to Smith.

“Happy Birthday! Love Dad ❤️ By the way, when you asked me if you could live in my basement forever. I said yes, but I didn’t have the heart to tell you there are no basements in Florida 😂 ❤️ #HappyBirthday 🎂,” he concluded the post.