And lo, Dame Helen descended into the MTA...

Make no mistake, Helen Mirren does not need to debase herself by descending into the same base elements of public transportation that people like you or I use to carry our imperfect bodies from one dull and boring place to another. This is a Dame of the British Crown we are speaking of. She is an Academy Award winning actress with the 69-year-old body of an 18-year-old home-wrecker and the grace of Hera, Queen of the Gods.

So, when she is photographed riding on New York City's R Train, she's not doing it for her own personal benefit, but for the good of all humanity:

Sources: j_l_nyc | h/t The Daily Dot